Genealogy Project Reconnects Chinese Youth with History

More Chinese youth are getting involved in a genealogy project that aims to record and preserve family histories, China Daily reported. Organized by a nonprofit called the Beijing Yongyuan Foundation, the annual project engages college students to compile videos of family histories being told orally and to present the final output as a short documentary. A professional panel then judges the entries.

The genealogy project encourages Chinese students to interview older family relatives and to document their life experiences, especially during world War II when the country suffered terribly at the hands of Japanese invaders. Many stories revolve around the Rape of Nanjing. See for more information about the horrific mass killings in Nanjing.

Last year, the genealogy project featured 147 short documentaries from 100 colleges all over the country. The films features a wide range of themes, including war veterans and folklore from the countryside.

You can learn more in an article by Vanna Emia in the Yibada web site at

One Comment

francese D Wilocox April 15, 2016 at 7:49 pm

for a great read about the Nanking disaster read: “The Rape of Nanking” the Forgotten Holocaust of world war 2 by Iris Chang 1997


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