Publications and Research

Document Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

2-9-2015

Abstract

Chinese Americans searched for their identities and strove for achievement in the United States. Respect for the elders is considered as one of the outstanding virtues of Chinese culture. The importance of this trait is underscored via its record-keeping traditions and clan genealogies called Jiapu which was fostered by centuries of Confucian philosophy. Some of the history of Chinese in America can in fact be found not only in China but also internationally around the globe. In this paper, the author will share her experiences and ideas on building and enhancing family history research through understanding the major components in Jiapu, library resources, collaborative projects, oral history interviews, and case studies. Readers will learn how to conduct family history research with tips gained through this study so that they could incorporate the knowledge to build their Jiapu or modify existing family genealogies through the primary sources and studies learned from these teaching initiatives.

 
 

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