New Chinese immigrant family arrives in Israel

The grandfather, Qingjian, was born to a Jewish mother and a Chinese father.

chinese olim 298.88 (photo credit: Sasson Tiram)
chinese olim 298.88
(photo credit: Sasson Tiram)
Three generations of a Chinese family made aliya this weekend, arriving from Qingdao, southern China and moving directly to Beersheba. They said that the family was never fully accepted in China and that they were treated as foreigners because of the Jewish origins of the grandfather, Qingjian Zhu. Six members of the family arrived on Friday and another five members, who stayed behind to learn more English, are expected in the near future. Zhu, 71, was born in Russia to a Jewish mother and a Chinese father, who had fled China for Russia and found work there. Zhu later returned to China, where he and his Chinese wife, Sujie, had three kids. Their daughter, her husband and her daughter also arrived Friday, while the other two sons, one spouse and two children will be making aliya later this year. The new olim will be joining Zhu's sister, who made aliya from Russia and lives in Rishon Letzion.