Ethnic Chinese students in Sydney. Increasingly, the Chinese diaspora is showing an interest in tracing its roots. Photo: AFP

Journey to the past: why overseas Chinese are finally embracing their roots

Chinese immigrants once viewed the past as a black box – sealed shut to blend in abroad. But as new generations come of age, many are turning to genealogical services to search for identities that are fading with time

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Ethnic Chinese students in Sydney. Increasingly, the Chinese diaspora is showing an interest in tracing its roots. Photo: AFP
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Jeffrey Hutton

Jeffrey Hutton

Jeff is based in Jakarta where he specializes in political, economic and human rights issues. He got his start in the late 1990s in Tokyo where he was a subeditor at the English edition of the Mainichi Shimbun. He went on to join Bloomberg News in Tokyo and then the Australian Financial Review in Sydney. Recently he started satupelangi.org, a website devoted to LGBT issues in Indonesia.