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by Frank Ching

Category: Historical
Subcategory: Memoris and Biographies
Author: Frank Ching
ISBN: 0449903532
ISBN13: 978-0449903537
Language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 18, 1989)
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Ancestors: 900 Years in the Life of a Chinese Family is a book first published in 1988 written by the Hong Kong-based journalist Frank Ching, in which he tells the story of his ancestors in the Qin (秦) family.

Ancestors: 900 Years in the Life of a Chinese Family is a book first published in 1988 written by the Hong Kong-based journalist Frank Ching, in which he tells the story of his ancestors in the Qin (秦) family, beginning with the 11th-century Song dynasty poet Qin Guan. He also relates many details about the history of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, the home of the Qin clan.

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In the years following the formation of the Southern Song dynasty, the Song general Yue Fei led successful military campaigns against the Jurchens.

Qin" is the standard pinyin Romanization of Frank Ching’s surname. 1 Song and Yuan Dynasties. In the years following the formation of the Southern Song dynasty, the Song general Yue Fei led successful military campaigns against the Jurchens. However, Song government officials, including Qin Hui, believed an ultimate military victory was impossible and feared that Yue’s successes made a peaceful coexistence with the Jurchens unlikely.

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Frank Ching's genealogical quest leads him back to the twelfth-century and through to the 1980s. Ching is a Chinese-American journalist who is descended from an influential and wealthy lineage that can trace its ancestry back 900-odd years

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Frank Ching brings to life 900 years of Chinese history through his own fascinating family tree. A Chinese-American journalist traces his family roots back nine hundred years, from the twelfth century to the present, in a personal genealogical quest that parallels the political and social history of the Chinese civilization.

Frank Ching brings to life the last nine centuries of Chinese history and culture as almost no other work in the .

Frank Ching has done a remarkable job of tracing his family tree back over 900 years of Chinese history and uncovering the stories of the many notable figures that he found there. I was struck by the continuity of Chinese life over the years and the value placed on remembering and honoring those who have gone before. The individual biographies and the overall picture of Chinese history that emerges are very interesting. 5 people found this helpful.

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Ancestors: 900 Years in the Life of a Chinese Family is a book first published in 1988 written by the Hong Kong-based journalist Frank Ching, in which he tells the story of his ancestors in the Qin (?) family, beginning with the 11th-century Song dynasty. Ancestors: 900 Years in the Life of a Chinese Family is a book first published in 1988 written by the Hong Kong-based journalist Frank Ching, in which he tells the story of his ancestors in the Qin (?) family, beginning with the 11th-century Song dynasty poet Qin Guan. He also relates many details about the history of the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, the home of the Qin clan.

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A Chinese-American journalist traces his family roots back nine hundred years, from the twelfth century to the present, in a personal genealogical quest that parallels the political and social history of the Chinese civilization
Comments to eBook Ancestors: 900 Years in the life of a Chinese Family
Gavirim
I should have known by the title - 900 years - that this book would go on and on. Nonetheless, it was very interesting and I read the entire thing. I recommend it if you're not in a rush and like to learn about cultures - especially Chinese.
Freaky Hook
For Western Europeans, the idea that you could name your ancestors over the last 900 years (!) is startling. This book gives an insight into Chinese civilisation and mentality, at times so different to ours. But we can only look from the outside, much of the book remains "foreign".
Binar
I read this book years ago shortly after it came out. I even remember seeing an article he wrote for the Wall Street Journal that became the nucleus of the first chapter. Ching tells many very interesting stories but the one that truly gripped me was the one about the Kangxi emperor's grief at the death of his stepmother. Here one of the most pwerful men in the world was reduced emotionally to that of a child grieving the loss of his mother. He himself was already an old man who couldn't walk because his feet were swollen but he 1. cut off his queue, something one only did at the death of one's father or maybe paternal grandfather; 2. wore mourning garments when his own courtiers told him that it wasn't necessary; 3. wouldn't sleep in his palace but lived in a mourning hut. At the funeral he kept calling out "Mother!" in such a way that his own courtiers were embarrassed. It definitely shows that these people were indeed human subject to all the emotions we all feel.
Ranterl
THis is a remarkable inquiry into the history of one family, from the rise of one member 900 years ago - a confucian scholar noticed his fine caligraphy in an exhibition and took him on - to martyrdom in Mao's CHina and the career of the writer as a journalist.
It takes this kind of story sometimes to bring the lessons of history out, in particular the impact of the confucian tradition on a civilisation. The book is peopled with exremely vivid characters, almost all striving to honor their family in the records that survive. To Westerners, the view into an alien and vanished worled is as fascinating as it is surprising. THere are sons who were honored as having true "filial piety" because every day for years they licked the pus out of their mother's wounded knee; the difficult father who ruined the family with gambling and sloth - a typical selfish "Asian man" - only to spur his son to greater effort; the local official who spent a huge part of the family fortune to build a splendid garden for the emperor to see as he passed their home once.
Nonetheless, this history gets a bit lugubrious with detail, particularly personal. SOme of it could only be of interest to members of the immediate family, in my view.
REcommended for those who want a quirky perspective on Chinese history.
Gna
Frank Ching has done a remarkable job of tracing his family tree back over 900 years of Chinese history and uncovering the stories of the many notable figures that he found there. I was struck by the continuity of Chinese life over the years and the value placed on remembering and honoring those who have gone before. The individual biographies and the overall picture of Chinese history that emerges are very interesting.
FailCrew
Even though this book claims to be a history of one Chinese family, it is actually a thoughly engrossing history of the China from the viewpoint of the members of one Chinese family -- one that had many famous people thoughout the years. I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand China or Chinese people better.
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"Ancestors" is a well written and engaging account of 900 years in China's history as experienced by members of the Qin clan.

The author, an experienced journalist and political commentator, does a fine job in conveying his findings from years of laborious research into his family's genealogy.
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