September 28, 2019

CFHGSC mtg: Chinese Surnames & Chinese Languages (Dialects)

Saturday, September 28, 2019


 Chinese Naming System & Surnames and Their History – 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Names and surnames profile highly in all Chinese genealogical research. This talk will present a shortened basics on personal names, but will focus more on surnames—their origins, history, and distribution.

Lunch: Networking with participants with the same surname. 12 to 1 p.m.
Share what you have discovered about your clan’s history: Jiapu or Zupu, lineage, ancestral village, immigration records, family association, etc.

2) Chinese Languages: The Interplay in Emmigration/Immigration and Impact on Genealogical Research – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Language and literacy have both played a huge role during emigration and immigration of the Chinese peoples — for the immigrants themselves and the officers handling them. This talk will present an overview of the Chinese languages (families) and examine a number of examples that impact researching one’s genealogy


Patrick Chew is the Internationalization / Localization Manager at and is a UC Berkeley alumnus with degrees in Linguistics, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Altaic Languages. In his free-time, when he’s not working on languages, linguistics, and tech, he’s continuing his passion for genealogy, which has provided an integral grounding tie to his own heritage. By applying insights from his academic training (Classical Chinese literature and Chinese dialectology) and professional experiences dealing with tech, he hopes to contribute back to not only the community at large, but also help those that don’t have the same resources available.


*If you could help by bringing a lunch dish, please email or a $5 donation is suggested for this meeting.

Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.)
415 Bamboo Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90012 (close to Phoenix Bakery) (213) 628 8015

Available at Bamboo Plaza or Mandarin Plaza (both usually $5) or metered street parking.





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Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.), 415 Bamboo Lane Los Angeles, CA 90012