The Roots Village Database consists data of various villages in Guangdong Province, China, where are the ancestral homes of interns from Chinese Culture Center’s In Search of Roots program in San Francisco, California, USA. Additionally, the database includes many village listings that were recorded in a 1950’s census of the same province. Village information may include: current and/or historic location (city, township, etc), alternate or previous names of the village, surnames of families historically originated from each village, photographs, GPS coordinates and corresponding maps, and Romanized local pronunciation of the village name, essays written by interns, as well as other features.
The new database is made possible by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Museums for America grant, which was awarded to Chinese Culture Foundation in support of its goals to organize and digitize In Search of Roots archive and program material, and to create and grow a new database as a rich cultural resource for past, present, and future Roots interns.
The concept of the database was born out of the late Him Mark Lai’s vision and passion to gather, study, and share the rich history of Chinese American people with the world. The database is meant to complement his decades of work and help to further the scholarship he has achieved in telling the true stories of Chinese American history. This database is dedicated to Him Mark Lai.
Visit the In Search of Roots Village Database.