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A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

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A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese
A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

Gu Xuan said history

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"The tree is a hundred feet high, and the fallen leaves return to the roots. "[Pathetic]

The tree grows tall, and the fallen leaves still have to return to the roots, just like our Chinese people, no matter where we are, the best harbor in our hearts is still our hometown, no matter how long we wander outside, we still hope to return to our homeland in the end.

South Korea's Arita family, starting from their ancestors, will tell the next generation "we are from China, we are Chinese", although their ancestors have been living abroad for 381 years, they have always maintained the customs and habits of their hometown, they always remember that they have the blood of the Chinese people and their roots in China.

01

Exile

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

During the Yongle period of the Ming Dynasty, there was a young man named Tian Haoqian in Fengzheng Village, Hebei Province, whose ancestors moved here from Hongdong County, Shanxi, and many of Tian Haoqian's ancestors were high-ranking officials in the Ming Dynasty at that time, and their ancestors were officials for generations.

Lived in the official family since childhood, Tian Haoqian is not like the usual gentleman, backed by the family to spend all day drinking, he spent almost all his daily energy on reading, someone once persuaded Tian Haoqian, don't work so hard, your great-grandfather is the imperial history of Yunnan, and he will definitely ask for a shade seal for you in the future.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

Tian Haoqian didn't think so, in his opinion, it was precisely because his great-grandfather and father were both officials in the court that he had to study harder, participate in the imperial examination in the future, and rely on his own strength to gain fame, so as to live up to the reputation of his elders.

However, Tian Haoqian did not participate in the imperial examination in the end. In the last years of the Ming Dynasty, wars broke out frequently in various places, and the army of the Ming Dynasty began to recruit troops in various places.

When he informed his father of this, his father objected, and his father believed that the Tian family had been a military official for generations, and there had never been a military general, and they could not do a thing or two for him in the military camp, not to mention that the war was to put his head on the tip of the knife, and the danger could be imagined.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

But Tian Haoqian doesn't think so, in his opinion, when the country is in danger, it is more meaningful to join the army than to gain fame. Seeing that he had made up his mind, his father had no choice but to go with him.

Tian Haoqian was assigned to Shunyi Island, Shandong, he just arrived at the barracks, he was called by the general, when he saw the general, Tian Haoqian was stunned, when he thought that the other party wanted to retaliate against him, he didn't think that the general took Tian Haoqian's hands and thanked him vigorously.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

It turned out that when Tian Haoqian was still studying at home, he suddenly heard a sound in the house, and saw the back of Dong Shiyuan from the neighboring village going out over the wall.

According to Dong Shiyuan's description, if Tian Haoqian hadn't sent someone to chase him, he would not have come to Shandong to join the army, and he would not have his current status. Dong Shiyuan knew Tian Haoqian's literary talent, so he kept him by his side as a military advisor, after all, he was just a big old man.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

With the help of Tian Haoqian, Dong Shiyuan led the army to win several battles in a row. Once when Tian Haoqian said that it was not appropriate to send troops now, Dong Shiyuan, who had been carried away by joy, did not listen to it at all, and sure enough, he was ambushed by the enemy on the battlefield, and Dong Shiyuan died on the battlefield.

Tian Haoqian could not even sit still at this time, so he decided to lead the few remaining soldiers to break out of the siege, but when he passed through the Korean border, he was captured by the North Korean army.

02

On the way to find relatives

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

During the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty, Tian Siqi, a member of the Fengzheng Murata clan, had just finished the funeral for his deceased mother, and Hu Yumei, a fellow villager who was lifted with him, rushed to him and stuffed a package into his hand, so that he must open the package with the old man in the clan to see.

When the Tian clansmen opened the package, it turned out to be a family tree and a portrait, and the old people in the clan immediately recognized that the person on the portrait was Tian Haoqian, who disappeared that year.

When everyone read a letter in the package, they were pleasantly surprised, they always thought that Tian Haoqian had died on the battlefield at that time, but they didn't expect that he was not only alive and well, but also settled in North Korea.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

It turned out that after Tian Haoqian was captured by the Korean army, the king of Korea heard that Tian Haoqian was a military advisor of the Ming Dynasty army, and he was expected to be a very literate person.

Tian Haoqian knew very well that he was Chinese and would never do anything to betray the country, but not long after, news came out of North Korea that the Ming Dynasty had fallen, and Tian Haoqian, who learned that at this time, believed that the Ming Dynasty no longer existed, and everything he insisted on was meaningless, so he decided to stay in North Korea.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

With his full talent, Tian Haoqian soon rose from an inconspicuous small civil official to a general political doctor in North Korea, in a high position in North Korea, a senior executive, and also met a woman in North Korea and married her, completely settled in North Korea, so there was the Tian family in South Korea in the future.

Tian Haoqian never forgot for a moment that he was from China, so whenever a Chinese festival came, he would take his children and grandchildren to kowtow to his hometown.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese
Before Tian Haoqian died, he rearranged the family tree, and on the first page of the family tree, he added "I am Chinese, and I cannot forget it from generation to generation" to exhort future generations not to forget that they are Chinese.

Until twenty years later, during the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty, Tian Haoqian's second son, Tian Huiyi, sent an envoy to the Qing Dynasty as a Korean envoy. As soon as Tian Hui arrived in the capital, he began to ask everywhere if there was an official's hometown, which was from Fengzheng Village, Jize County, Hebei Province.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

After learning that the North Korean envoy turned out to be Chinese, the officials of the DPRK and China attached great importance to it and helped to inquire, and this year, the two Xinju people were all from Jize County, and one of them happened to be Tian Siqi from Fengzheng Village.

However, Tian Siqi went back to his hometown to settle his mother's funeral, and because Tian Hui was about to return to North Korea, he had no choice but to hand over the token of identity to Hu Yumei.

In the genealogy of the Tian clan in Fengzheng Village, Tian Haoqian's name was added, confirming that he was indeed a member of the Tian clan.

03

Get what you want

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

On May 9, 2004, Tian Lianping, secretary of the Party Committee of Fengzheng Township, Jize County, Handan City, Hebei Province, suddenly received a call from the Qingdao office in China.

Tian Lianping could hear the person on the other end of the phone through the phone, and when the other party heard Tian Lianping's answer, he said in a trembling voice: "Finally found."

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

Tian Lianping was shocked when he heard this, and he suddenly remembered that when he was a child, he often heard the elders in the clan and the family talk about it, saying that their Tian clan still had a lineage in North Korea, and he really hoped that he could find them one day.

When Tian Siqi's co-tenant determined that Tian Huiyi was a clansman, he hurried to the capital, but Tian Huiyi had already returned to North Korea at that time, so the two did not meet, but fortunately, with the news, they also communicated several times through confidence.

However, with the outbreak of various wars and the turbulence of the international situation, even the only correspondence between the two groups was severed, but the determination of both sides to return to their homeland has never changed.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

Tian Wenjun, president of South Korea's Korea Shipping Co., Ltd., when he came to Qingdao, Shandong Province on a business trip, he inquired about Fengzheng Township in Handan, Hebei Province, which was likely to be the Tian family they had been looking for for generations.

Tian Lianping, who received Tian Wenjun's call, was also equally excited, he immediately packed up his things and took the two old people in the clan to get on the train to Qingdao.

When the two groups met, although they hadn't spoken yet, tears flashed in each other's eyes, and they were almost sure that the other party was the person their entire family was looking for.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

When the two genealogies were put together, sure enough, on the page with Tian Haoqian's name on it, in the genealogy of the Tian family in China, Tian Haoqian's vein is blank, and the genealogy of the Korean Tian family started from Tian Haoqian.

When it was determined that the two indeed belonged to the Tian family, both parties were very excited, and more than 300 years passed before they finally found each other.

On June 29, 2004, Tian Wenjun took Tian Guangxuan, the former president of Dankook University in South Korea, and other 9 people to return to Fengzheng Village to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors on behalf of the clansmen of the Tian clan in South Korea.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

Tian Wenjun's father, Tian Minghuan, was 90 years old at this time, and he also wanted to return to the motherland to meet his clansmen, but he had the heart but was powerless. After Tian Lianping learned of this, on Tian Minghuan's 90th birthday, he came to South Korea with his family tree and Tian Haoqian's portrait.

Tian Minghuan couldn't help but burst into tears when he saw his name appear on the family tree of the Fengzheng Murata clan.

After experiencing a full 381, the Korean Tian family finally returned to the motherland after a long absence, this road home is long and difficult, the Korean Tian family, even if they have been in a foreign country for so many years, can still let future generations always remember that they are Chinese sons and daughters, and the roots of the Korean Tian family are in China.

04

Revert to one 's origin

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese
"The descendants of the descendants of the future generations, if there is a crime of dirty, shall not be released to their own family, and after their death, they shall not be buried in the big house. Not from my will, not from my descendants. ”

This is a sentence that Bao Xiaosu used to warn future generations for Bao Zheng, if the descendants of the Bao family do something harmful to the family, they cannot be ranked. It can be seen from this that in ancient times on the mainland, after a person died, if he could not enter the genealogy and enter the sect, it was a very serious shame.

So why do Chinese pay attention to falling leaves from ancient times to the present?

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

In ancient times, every family would have an ancestral grave, and those who made a mistake and were expelled from their ancestral home could not be buried in the ancestral grave. After the death of this kind of person, it is considered by everyone to be a very desolate lonely ghost, so the ancients have been paying attention to the soil that can be buried in the components all their lives.

Since ancient times, China has been dominated by agriculture, and most families have lived in the same place for generations, and they have a deep affection for the land under their feet, so every time they leave their homeland, they can't help but miss their hometown, and whether they grow up to be famous or not, they will have a sense of admiration for the hometown that nurtured them.

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

Those who value the return of fallen leaves to their roots are almost all people who are not in their hometowns. Working alone outside, when life comes to an end, you will regret not being able to return to your hometown before you die, which is the biggest wish of many wanderers before they die.

05

epilogue

A family that has been adrift overseas for 381 years, went to China to recognize their ancestors and return to their ancestors, genealogy: Chinese

The biggest difference between Chinese and foreign cultures is the unique homesickness of the Chinese nation. The Korean Tian family has been away from the motherland for more than 300 years, and they are always thinking about returning to their hometown one day.

Seeking roots and asking ancestors is the belief of every people of the Chinese nation, and the two words hometown and motherland are the most important in the hearts of every Chinese. Only with the motherland can we have us, and with the strong prosperity of the motherland, we have a happy and healthy life today.

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