DNA Ancestry Testing – Am I Really Chinese?

Unlike my husband’s family, who has been in the U.S. (and North Carolina) for generations, my parents were the first people (that we know of) to immigrate to the United States from our family. I like to joke with my husband that I’m a “pure blood” (lame Harry Potter reference), unlike his mixed and somewhat far removed heritage in Europe.

My husband took a DNA test through 23 and Me about two years ago to figure out where his ancestors came from. The results indicated that he is 100% Northwestern European – 62% British/Irish, 10% French/German, and 5% Scandinavian.  At the time, I didn’t feel a need to do the test because I was confident that I wouldn’t get any surprising results, but I was still curious about what I might find out.

My husband bought the kit for me for our 3 year anniversary present, and I sent my sample in. 

My results from 23 and Me are shown below, as well as the analysis of a few other websites using different databases. WeGene is based in China and specializes in DNA analysis for people of Asian descent. DNA.LAND is operated through a collaboration of scientists from the New York Genome Center and Columbia University.

It was very interesting to compare the different interpretations of my DNA. My Chinese percentage ranges from 88% to 92%, although it is difficult to compare since the definition for “Chinese” varies from site to site. For example, 23 and Me and DNA.Land does not consider Mongolian descent as Chinese, whereas WeGene does.

23 and Me believes me to be more Korean than Japanese and WeGene believes the opposite. DNA.LAND has combined the two ethnic groups into one. Overall, my Korean/Japanese ancestry seems to be somewhere in the 3-5% range.

The rest of my ancestry seemed to vary quite a bit between the three sites – Mongolian, Southeast Asian, etc. It was very interesting to see from WeGene, the breakdown of the specific ethnic groups classified under Chinese as well.

23 and Me



Although I didn’t get any crazy surprising results, it was very fascinating to see the breakdown of where my ancestors came from. Another perk of getting your DNA analysis done is that through these sites, it’s also possible to find and connect with people with whom you share DNA. I would definitely recommend getting the test done, even if you’re confident you know where your ancestors came from. You never know, you might get some surprising results!

Hot & Sour

This blog came about when I asked myself the question, “What am I passionate about?” I have a lot of roles that I play in my life (wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend), and I work a full time job as a scientist in a pharmaceutical company, but what are the things that make me come alive?

I made a list of the things that define me and that I enjoy doing, including my love of writing, and I realized that starting a blog would be the perfect creative outlet for these passions of mine. The purpose of writing down my ideas and experiences would not be to make money or gain a certain number of followers, but rather to create a space where community would develop naturally.

As I’ve gotten older and have more responsibilities, community is something that often gets pushed to the back burner, but it is an element of my life that I so sorely miss.

My hope for this blog is to provide content that is interesting and relevant, with a focus on my unique family, while encouraging conversation personal exchanges within this community. The word 家 in Chinese means family, both my own and the family I hope to create with this blog.

The name of this blog symbolizes a Chinese dish that has its roots and beginnings in China, featuring authentically Chinese ingredients, but it has evolved into a widely accept American dish, kind of like me.

✿ Katie ✿