According to the article below Mongolia and China are both claiming Genghis Khan. I follow the imperial way as it pertains to the Han dynasties because I am Han.
Do they need more territory as it is? No. I only care about China proper (See the China proper map) because that is the real Han territory. China proper is big enough as is – basically all of the Song territory. I’m even happy with just the Southern Song territory because that is not too small. I don’t care about Manchuria, Inner Mongolia, Tibet, and Xinjiang (East Turkestan). Trade? Sure. Doing business is fine. Cultural exchanges? Sure. That is fine too. Travel and tourism? Sure. As long as you keep the neo-nazi and terrorist groups at bay if I’m going to be a tourist and you want my tourist dollars for your economy. They can all become independent (and Inner Mongolia can reunify with Mongolia) and I don’t really care. Good luck to them. Some of them have formed terrorist groups (as long as they don’t attack me because I don’t really care if they want to become independent).
He is Mongolian – he wasn’t “Chinese” and there was no “Chinese” during the time of conquest even though he played a major role in “Chinese” history. According to the nationality law and in the eyes of Mongolians in Mongolia, even the ethnic Mongolians born in Inner Mongolia are not considered to be Mongolian nationals. They only consider people BORN inside their modern-day territory to be real Mongolians and it has to be to at least one Mongolian NATIONAL parent. But Genghis Khan was BORN in Mongolia’s modern-day territory. He was a Mongol who conquered the Hans and completely wiped out the Song Empire during the decisive Battle of Yamen in Sinwoi/Sunwui/Xinhui, Hoisan/Toisan/Taishan County. That’s the other city in my ancestors’ county. That’s like saying it happened in San Jose and I was in Santa Clara – both are in Santa Clara County in the San Francisco Bay Area. My ancestral city of Hoipeeng/Hoiping/Kaiping is NOT THAT FAR from where it happened. We were the last stand in the battle between the Han-led Song forces and the Mongol forces. The Song Dynasty ended in my ancestral county. There were a lot of refugees at the time who followed the imperial court there.
“China” and “Chinese” came into being during the Republican period with the KMT (Remember the five-coloured flag that preceded the white star and blue sky flag?). If I had lived before they did away with the imperial system, I would have said I am a Han. I would have no concept of “Chinese”.
So I say he goes to Mongolia. He is also a national hero there.
On Chinatown history:
This is true if you went to Chinatown and tried to look for work up to the 1970s. “你唔曉唐話，我幾好請你啊? [ni33 m22 hiau55 hɔŋ22 va325 ŋɔi33 gi55 hɔu215 tiaŋ55 ni33 a33] You do not speak Chinese [Taishanese]. How could I hire you?”
Please refer to the following links for more information about the Battle of Yamen in Sunwui (Xinhui), Toisan (Taishan) and the official end of the Song Dynasty.
An interesting video clip on the imperial descendants of the last Song emperor in Sunwui (Xinhui), Toisan (Taishan).
Joo Gi Hong (Zhujixiang) as the old halfway house for migrants from today’s Northern and Central China to Canton (Guangdong) province. Below is an excerpt from the article.
“From the Tang Dynasty (618-907) (唐朝) onwards waves of migrants came to northern Guangdong Province via the Plum Pass/Meiguan into Nanxiong County (南雄縣). Most of the officials’ families settled down in old Zhujixiang in Shashui Township (沙水鎮) and lived there for several generations. Many of the old buildings still remain and now contain small shrines in the front facing the cobbled lane. All of the original residences that probably housed officials are referred to by surname as Zuju (祖居)(ancestral home) or Guju (故居)(old home). In historical terms, Zhujixiang (珠璣巷) can perhaps now be labeled as a “half-way house” in terms of the migration of people from central and northern China toward the south over the centuries.”
“This place was quite unique, even for China, as it became a focal point of congregation in northern Guangdong Province for all the different clans that fled south which also included court officials during the waning years of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) (南宋朝).”
Regarding the Mei Pass, the migrants would have passed through the Mei Pass to get to what is now Canton (Guangdong) province. It is our version of Route 66 or the Roman Roads. My ancestors would have passed through the Mei Pass (wherever they were originally from in what is now Northern and Central China) and then stopped by Joo Gi Hong (Ju Gei Hong or Zhujixiang) to get to Hoisan (Toisan or Taishan) County or Thlee Yeep (Sze Yup/Siyi or Four Counties) centuries ago. Some other people went to other cities and counties such as Canton (Guangzhou) or to Thlam Yeep (Sam Yup/Sanyi or The Three Counties), Joong San (Zhongshan), etc.