The Arab connection to the Ding families in Taishi in Yunlin County…
Is there an Arab connection to Taishi in Yunlin County? It’s a small town near Beikang along the coast, I heard, and according to some people who told me this, local Taiwanese, a long time ago, mainlanders went to Taiwan and landed at Taishi and made their home there. They were not Han Chinese exactly, and they were not Hakka either. They were Chinese people who had intermarried with Arab traders long ago, maybe 1000 years ago, and most of them have the last name of DING or TING.
Anyone heard about this and is it true? It’s a little known part of Taiwan history, I guess.
Seems that there is an old mosque building in Taishi, yes, and some Arabic writings on old markets, too. And many of the Taishi people are said to have “lion like” noses, whatever that means, but I think it means they don’t have Western noses or Chinese noses, but Arabic noses, if such a thing exists. And their DNA is part Arab.
I would love to visit that place next time I have a vacation in the south of the island. I have seen it on a map, small place, lots of gangsters I heard.
The United Daily News had a story on this on July 7, 2002 in Chinese, on the Web too, my gf told me, researched it for me. But even she said she doesn’t really understand the article. Anybody know?