Our Team: “Lost and Found”

My China Roots was established in 2012. With our head office in Beijing, our research team is spread out across the key ancestral regions of today’s overseas Chinese. Moreover, we draw from a wide platform of experts and partners throughout Greater China, Southeast Asia, the United States and Europe. Below are the stories behind some of our key staff.

Huihan LIE / 李伟汉
Huihan LIE / 李伟汉Founder-CEO
“I was born in the Netherlands, where I grew up in the countryside. My parents were born in Indonesia and had moved to the Netherlands when they were young. Apart from my name, long-life noodles …

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HAI Miao / 海淼
HAI Miao / 海淼General Manager
Hai Miao is responsible for research at My China Roots. As a historian with extensive experience in genealogical research, Hai Miao can be found collecting data from Beijing’s national library, tracing overseas customers …

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Jallo TANG / 邓爽
Jallo TANG / 邓爽Associate Director
Jallo has been highly involved with My China Roots since our earliest days. Today, he is an angel investor and our Associate Director. Jallo is also a successful football journalist, known for …

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Clotilde Mei Ling YAP / 葉美玲
Clotilde Mei Ling YAP / 葉美玲Product Manager and Customer Relations
Clotilde was born and raised in London to a French mother and Malaysian-Chinese father. She has a passion for languages and anything that makes a good story, in particular old family legends. On her French side, her uncle has spent years …

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Jean SEURINChief Technology Officer
Growing up in France, Jean gave little thought to the 1930s portrayal of occupied China in The Adventures of Tintin. But when he visited Beijing in 2001, he had no idea he would leave “hooked,” line and sinker! Upon his return to Paris, he would dedicate …

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Chrislyn CHOO / 朱琦恩
Chrislyn CHOO / 朱琦恩Multimedia Content Officer
Chrislyn hails from Princeton, New Jersey, where she was raised by Malaysian Chinese parents from Penang, food capital of the cosmos! Between bites of charcoal-singed char kuey teow and freshly scooped coconut, she grew up on a robust “see-food diet,” spiced with stories …

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HUNG Ying Ying / 洪凝影
HUNG Ying Ying / 洪凝影Research Manager
Born in Hong Kong, Ying has traced her ancestry to Fujian, collecting photos of her grandparents and digitizing her genealogy. She is drawn to root-seeking work because it vividly shows the intimate connections between family history and national history, even the impact of …

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LIU Hao / 刘好
LIU Hao / 刘好Research Officer
Liu Hao is a native of Western Guangdong province, and speaks Hakka, Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. From a young age, she was fascinated by how her native dialect of Hakka could sound so different from one neighboring village to the next. Her studies in …

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QIN Peng / 秦鹏
QIN Peng / 秦鹏Research Officer
Qin Peng was born in Fuxin City, a heavily immigrant city of northeast China. As a graduate of news and broadcasting studies, he previously spent hours working as a cameraman for a Chinese TV channel. Now, he finds great satisfaction hunting for stories long forgotten …

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Will LANGLEYResearch Officer
Will was born in Brunei and grew up in Malaysia, the USA, the Netherlands and East Anglia. Nowadays, he has family in the UK, France, Hungary, Malaysia and Holland. It was in Southeast Asia that he first came into contact with the world of the Chinese Diaspora. …

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PENG Jiefeng / 彭捷凤
PENG Jiefeng / 彭捷凤Researcher
Jiefeng was born in Meizhou, the Hakka heartland of Guangdong province. Jiefeng’s ancestry mirrors the constant movement of Hakka people in history: from a very young age, she heard countless tales of how her maternal great-grandfather …

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LIN Yiting / 林艺婷
LIN Yiting / 林艺婷Researcher
Yiting was born in Xiamen and grew up in a red brickhouse typical in Southern Fujianese (Minnanese) culture. It was only relatively recent that she discovered her great grandfather and his brothers had migrated to Singapore long ago, uprooting their entire clan …

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Josh ANDERSONResearch Assistant
Josh hails from Tarvin, a small English village, population 2,693. His family has roots in England and north Wales. Just as his grandfather had never seen a tropical fruit (like the banana) before serving in the WWII merchant navy, Josh credits his education in …

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Our Advisors

Albert CHENG / 郑国和
Albert CHENG / 郑国和Advisor
Al is a world renowned authority in the field of Chinese roots and family genealogies and histories. For 22 years and counting, he has led hundreds of Chinese Americans back to China to search for and visit their ancestral villages …

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Danny CHIN / 钱正民
Danny CHIN / 钱正民Advisor
Danny has over 20 years of experience in family history and genealogy at FamilySearch, the world’s largest genealogy organization. As Area Fields Relations Manager, he has led FamilySearch’s strategy, research, and institutional partnerships in Asia …

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Kendall HULET
Kendall HULETAdvisor
Kendall is a former Senior Vice President at Ancestry.com, where he worked for over 14 years. Kendall had a leading role in defining, launching, and managing several of Ancestry’s pillars of success, including ancestryDNA and the groundbreaking record-hints system. …

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Richard ROBINSONAdvisor
Richard is a seasoned investor, entrepreneur, and advisor with 20+ years of experience in China. He has led 8 successive startups as a co-founder or senior executive (e.g. nHack, Yolu, Shouji Mobile Entertainment), plus dozens more as …

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