Pure-blood Chinese Han ethnicity vanishes

By Zuo Likun (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2010-02-08 16:35

Han Chinese, long-held as the country's ethnic majority, may turn out to be a false proposition as a latest ethnology finding said its pure-blood people completely vanished into the racial mixes, People.com.cn reported Monday.

Han Chinese characteristics couldn't even be traced in DNA tests, the news report said.

"The non-existence of pure-blood Han ethnic people resulted from centuries of mass migrations as well as racial integrations," said ethnologist Xie Xiaodong, associate professor with Lanzhou University's Life Science Department.

"Han ethnic group is simply a concept based in certain regions in history, thus lacking definite characterization," Xie added.

Ethnic Han ancestry traces back to the ancient Chinese living in the central plains along the Yellow River in northern China, including Henan province and some areas in southern Shanxi, western Jiangsu and northwest Anhui provinces nowadays.



Nanyang Chinese 2010-02-09 11:26 Might as well. One less reason to fight over ethnicity. Actually, it might solve the Tibetan and other "minorities" issues. Since everyone is so genetically diverse, there is no reason for separation. All are Chinese and the only thing to protect is our Cultural heritage.
  PJ 2010-02-09 07:08 it seems obvious to me, but it's useful remember that we ALL have mixed blood. Try this book:

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza (Stanford University) 2001, "Genes, Peoples and Languages".
  han 2010-02-09 04:00 anyone tried to track minority's pure-blood?

mixed could have modified DNA in next gen
  Hakka 2010-02-09 03:58 I am a Hakka and also a third generation Hua Jiao. I know my ancestors had migrated from Henan province 2000 years ago to Meixian. I consider myself to be one of the purest Han Chinese around!
  LFJ 2010-02-09 01:46 actually Han is just a convenient ethno-pseudo name given during the Han Dynasty. the proto-Han should can Huaxia ren,
or zhongyuan ren, the Bai Yue also existed before Han and so do many other ethnic groups in the far west.
  Huaqiqiao 2010-02-08 23:19 Originally "Han" referred to the peoples ruled during the Han dynasty (excluding, for example, Fujian, Guangxi, etc.)but later it came to mean the peoples who use the Han script (Han zi), the style of Chinese writing that commenced in the Han dynasty and is still used now.
"Han" is a language distinction, just like "Francophone" and "Anglophone" (including e.g. Africans)are language distinctions, and not ethnic.
  mixed well 2010-02-08 21:32 If the blood of the early group of people called Hans are pure, then the OTHER groups of people are also pure and we could also give them names.
The point is, there is no such thing as pure blood people.
  Xiao Fang 2010-02-08 19:12 So, then the question is what about the so-called ethnic minorities?? Are they also not really ethnic and as such can they claim "favours" from society????