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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Albert CHENG / 郑国和
Albert CHENG / 郑国和Senior Advisor (volunteering basis)
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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HAI Miao / 海淼
HAI Miao / 海淼Research Director
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
Jallo is My China Roots’ external affairs officer, responsible for communicating with various associations for overseas Chinese, educational and cultural organizations as well as any relevant societies or institutions. Besides working for …

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LI Long / 李龙
LI Long / 李龙
“I was born in a little village in Jiangxi province. Although our family did not have a jiapu anymore, I grew up listening to my grandfather’s stories: about his childhood, his marriage, his life’s ups and downs. I was mesmerized by his stories about …

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Helen LAM / 林庆霞
Helen LAM / 林庆霞
“As a second generation daughter of Fujian migrants now living in Hong Kong, my family and I have always paid regular visits to our ancestral hometown in Fuzhou. But, although from an intellectual perspective, I know that the place is my hometown …

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Clotilde YAP
Clotilde YAP
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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YANG Anqi
YANG Anqi
Anqi is an economics graduate from Fujian Normal University in Fuzhou, and although her major has nothing to do with genealogical research, she blames this guilty pleasure of hers on the strong sense of lineage prevalent in her hometown …

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Faaria VOLINSKI / 柯菲雅
Faaria VOLINSKI / 柯菲雅
Faaria researches, writes, and edits at My China Roots. Deeply interested in anthropology and languages, Faaria has studied Mandarin for the past 10 years, including her time living in villages in southwestern China researching Islamic practice…

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Jana GORSKI
Jana GORSKI
Jana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies from SOAS, University of London, and possesses a great affinity for Chinese language and culture. She has conducted research for both the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Beijing and the Mercator Institute …

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CHEN Zhongying / 陈仲英
CHEN Zhongying / 陈仲英
Zoe is a current university student based in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, a city which coincidentally was also the launching pad for many overseas Chinese immigrants throughout the years. It was by pure luck that she discovered the company …

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ZHONG Huajian
ZHONG Huajian
Even before joining My China Roots, Huajian always had a soft spot for family history; probably something to do with his proud Hakka upbringing. Being fluent in both Hakka, Cantonese, and Mandarin, Huajian covers research for My China Roots …

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PENG Jiefeng / 彭捷凤
PENG Jiefeng / 彭捷凤
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
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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