Frustrated but not defeated…

Last week, my mom’s DNA results came back. I took one look at it and thought this can’t be right.  She is showing to be 1/2 Japanese.

I’m getting a little frustrated right now as 2 DNA tests have come back empty….no signs of Jewish heritage.  Many thoughts are going through my head….Should I continue my search? Am I really part Jewish? Why do I care so much? etc. etc. etc.

I thought through some alternative methods to find and trace my Jewish ancestor.  23andme has a great online community.  I started a thread re: Chinese people with some Jewish heritage.  I got some great feedback from folks who are DNA experts. To my surprise, there is software that I can use to do additional/personal analysis on my raw DNA data.

Another method is to travel to China and do some field research, testing, and analysis.  Friends have given me names of China Jew experts, Israeli China Jewish tour organizers, and last but not least, I have a cousin who works for the Chinese government who I can possibly ask for help.

I’m really passionate about this.  Though frustrated with a few setbacks, I will not give up.  Quitting something that I’m passionate about is not what I’m about.  This journey will be continued……;)

(me in Hong Kong on a red junk)

5 comments

  1. This is an old post and the first I’ve read so I’m not sure where your journey has gone, but there’s a lot more information on Chinese Jews recently, including results of DNA testing on those who have known family history. (I think they found it was too diluted, genetically, to see results, but I could be thinking of the Benei menashe (Indian Jewish) community). I know they believe Jews came via the silk road centuries ago. I know there’s a group of Chinese last names that indicate they were Jewish. The most information is in Kaifeng, where they’ve built a center. A group did recently tour Israel. I hope you find what you’re looking for.

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