In Search of Roots is seeking applicants for the 2010 Roots program

In Search of Roots is seeking applicants for the 2010 Roots program.

Roots is a year-long program in which Chinese American young adults research their family history and genealogy, learn about Chinese and Chinese American history, and travel to their ancestral villages in Guangdong province. The program begins in the spring with twice monthly meetings and field trips. The journey to China is typically about three weeks in July. The program culminates in a Chinese New Year exhibition at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco, where participants share what they have learned with family, friends, and community.

The age range for Roots is roughly 17 to 27. You don’t have to speak Chinese to participate and you do not need to be “pure” Chinese; many hapa and mixed race people have participated. You do need to have some ancestral roots in Guangdong (Kwangtung) province, however.

More information about the Roots program, including the application form, is on the Chinese Culture Center’s In Search of Roots website

If you know someone who might be interested in applying for Roots, please pass this information along to him or her. Also, I would be happy to respond to any questions you may have.