What 23andMe says about me…

Growing up my parents told I am Hmong; the race who has no country or homeland. The group of people fleeted China to escape and some took refuge in Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and Vietnam until the Vietnam War forced them to evacuate to Thailand.

We always knew that our history was rooted in China. However, our ancestors never got along with the Imperial Chinese. They invaded our lands. Killed our people. This went on for hundreds of years. Many Hmong leaders and their families, including my great-grandparents, moved to Laos to escape being persecuted.

CHER CHA VANG, former military major and Hmong leader, Minneapolis, interview 2006 http://www.mnhs.org/hmong/hmong-timeline

Marta Lanit

Often times people assumed I am Chinese or Vietnamese. Many time traveling to visit China towns people often mistaken me for Chinese and begin speaking in Mantarin or Cantonese to me. The was the same for Vietnamese foot spa, they often mistaken me for Vietnamese.

The reason why I decided to take this test to get a deeper understanding of my ancestors. My skin lighter than my Hmong friends and my eyes are much smaller. Our DNA can tell us how we have evolved.

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

Marcus Garvey

23andMe makes it super easy to get your information. I ordered my box on Best Buy same day shipping, got it within a few hours.

The box comes with full instructions on how to collect your sample and how much of it. For more instructions please visit 23andMe.

Be sure to create your 23andMe account, don’t forget to collect the number on your tube.

The box comes with a prepaid label on the box, just seal and drop of at the post office.


My results came back in 15 days via email notification. I logged in and received my reports. Super easy!

My 23andMe report:

Ancestry Composition

Your DNA tells the story of who you are and how you’re connected to populations around the world. Trace your heritage through the centuries and uncover clues about where your ancestors lived and when.

Chinese – Mainland China   70.1%

China is home to one of the world’s earliest and most enduring civilizations, with over 50 official ethnic groups, including the Han Chinese.

We predict you had ancestors that lived in China within the last 200 years.

Vietnamese – Vietnam  13.8%

Present-day Vietnam was the cradle of one of the world’s earliest civilizations, and one of the world’s first regions to develop rice-based agriculture.

We predict you had ancestors that lived in Vietnam within the last 200 years.

Chinese Dai  3.6%

Most Chinese Dai live in Yunnan Province, and are genetically more similar to their Vietnamese neighbors than they are to the Han Chinese

Indonesian, Thai, Khmer & Myanma  1.1%

From Myanmar to Indonesia, the people of southeast Asia are genetically diverse, reflecting the legacies of several migrations beginning over 40,000 years ago.

Broadly Chinese & Southeast Asian – Laos  11.1%

From the expansive plains of central Asia to the islands of eastern Indonesia, the people of China and Southeast Asia share genetic similarities dating back to the arrival of humans in the region over 40,000 years ago. Broadly Chinese & Southeast Asian DNA — likely driven in part by the spread of agriculture within the last few thousand years — matches several specific populations and is difficult to assign to just one.

We predict you had ancestors that lived in Laos within the last 200 years.

Broadly East Asian & Native American  0.3%

The peoples of East Asia and the Americas have a shared genetic history. Their common ancestors left western Asia over 50,000 years ago, migrating east across the continent. The ancestors of Native Americans began to cross into the Americas 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. Broadly East Asian & Native American DNA is a relic of this ancient population split, and reflects shared roots in central and northern Asia.

Maternal Haplogroup

You descend from a long line of women that can be traced back to eastern Africa over 150,000 years ago. These are the women of your maternal line, and your maternal haplogroup sheds light on their story.

Simply Hmong Made your maternal haplogroup is M

As our ancestors ventured out of eastern Africa, they branched off in diverse groups that crossed and recrossed the globe over tens of thousands of years. Some of their migrations can be traced through haplogroups, families of lineages that descend from a common ancestor. Your maternal haplogroup can reveal the path followed by the women of your maternal line.


50,000 Years Ago

Origin and Migrations of Haplogroup M

Haplogroup M is one of two groups that branched from haplogroup L3 soon after humans ventured out of Africa about 60,000 years ago. The exit from Africa itself likely crossed the Bab el-Mandeb, a narrow strait at the southern end of the Red Sea. Early members of M appear to have migrated rapidly along the coast of the Indian Ocean, probably reaching southeastern Asia within a few thousand years. The harsh Ice Age climate 60,000 years ago would have made life away from the coast difficult for the new migrants. But with climatic improvements over the millennia people gradually carried haplogroup M inland, often following the paths of major rivers like the Indus in India. Once it had established itself in coastal Asia and some inland locations as well, M gave rise to local haplogroups throughout the continent.

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