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Mac Clan (Leizhou, Guangdong to Ha Tien, Vietnam)

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Posted by Carsey Yee on July 25, 1997 at 11:36:34:

I'm a Ph.D. student in Chinese history at Harvard, currently researching the Mac Clan who left the Leizhou peninsula, Guangdong, and settled in Ha Tien, Vietnam, in the Mekong Delta on the Cambodian border, where they pledged allegiance to the Nguyen emperor in 1714. They were led and ruled by the Ming loyalist Mac Cuu who refused to live under the Manchu rule. Mac Cuu was succeeded by his son Mac Thien Tu. These are the Vietnamese spellings of their Chinese names. The standard mandarin Chinese pronunciation and romanization of "Mac" is "mao" (4th tone), with an older pronunciation of "mo" (4th tone). The Cantonese pronunciation is more like Mok (very low falling tone). I'd be interested in hearing from any descendants of this clan, whether they be still be in Vietnam or have remigrated overseas. Thanks.

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