Former President Ma Ying-jeou visited Shuangyang Village in Xiangtan, Hunan Province to pay respects to his ancestors, which was a significant event for the region. Ma clans from Hunan came to welcome him and celebrated with firecrackers, gathering around the Ma family’s ancestral grave. Ma Ying-jeou invited them to Taiwan and expressed his desire for further exchanges. Many local villagers came to see him and warmly welcomed him back home. Ma Ying-jeou worshipped his ancestor Ma Guangguo and was called “grandpa” by a member of the Ma clan.
Reporters Li Zongfang and Xie Renli/Hunan-Taipei link report
Former President Ma Ying-jeou went to Shuangyang Village, Baishi Town, Xiangtan, Hunan Province today (1st) to pay respects to ancestors. This is a very important event in the local area. Even many Ma clans in Hunan sent people to welcome them, and shouted, “One family on both sides of the strait, the Ma clan in the world.” One family, we are all one family!”, and set off firecrackers in Ma Ying-jeou’s hometown to express his warm welcome, and gathered around the Ma family’s ancestral grave, just to see Ma Ying-jeou’s demeanor, and Ma Ying-jeou invited everyone to Taiwan to play when they have time.
Ma Ying-jeou’s family member, Ma Ying-jeou, welcomes Ma Ying-jeou to go home and communicate frequently (Photo/Zhongtian News, photo by Li Zongfang)
Ma Ying-jeou and his team set off from Changsha at 8 o’clock this morning. After the local government cleared the way, the motorcade went straight to Baishi Town, Xiangtan County, Hunan Province, and arrived at Shuangyang Village in about an hour. Many nearby villagers also came to see Ma Ying-jeou when he was returning home to worship his ancestors. Therefore, when the former President Ma arrived at his hometown in Xiangtan, there were villagers from Xiangtan waiting on the roadside, and even stood for four or five hours under the bright sun. In order to say hello to former President Ma, he warmly welcomed former President Ma back home.
Mark Fei, a member of the Ma clan, said that there are three Ma clans in Xiangtan, all of whom are very united and friendly. Today, a special representative came to the scene, and at one point even pulled up a banner to express their welcome. So Ma Ying-jeou is very welcome to go home and visit often, hoping to have further exchanges, and even shouted, “The two sides of the strait are one family, the Ma family is one family, we are all one family!”
Ma Ying-jeou worships the ancestor Ma Guangguo (picture), and calls Ma Ying-jeou his grandpa (picture/Zhongtian News, photo by Li Zongfang)
Ma Guangguo, who served as the master of ceremonies for Ma Ying-jeou’s ancestor worship, mentioned that he had the same surname as Ma Ying-jeou, and that Ma Ying-jeou and his grandfathers and peers should call Ma Ying-jeou his grandpa.
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Former President Ma Ying-jeou’s visit to his ancestral home in Shuangyang Village, Hunan Province, was met with warm welcomes and excitement from local villagers and members of the Ma clan. The event highlighted the strong familial bonds that transcend geographical boundaries, with many shouting, “One family on both sides of the strait, the Ma clan in the world.” Despite the political tensions between Taiwan and China, this reunion serves as a reminder of the enduring connections between people across borders. Ma Ying-jeou’s trip back to his roots was a touching portrayal of family values and traditions, and a reminder that even in divided times, we can still find shared connections and common humanity.