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……;)