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bluehaze
Sep 28th, 2008, 10:18 PM
I was reading her wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jelena_Jankovic) today and noticed something new:
Jankovic is of mostly Serbian and Montenegrin Descent, but also has Greek and Han Chinese Ancestry.

Does anyone have any more information about this?

Maybe this is why the Chinese love her (myself included)! :)

schorsch
Sep 28th, 2008, 10:41 PM
well i never knew anything about it. i thought she demented that.

but about the greek one ->>> :drool: would be awesome hehe

~Kiera~
Sep 28th, 2008, 10:43 PM
She was asked about this before:

Q. Are all your relatives and the family 100% Serbian, because you have these eyes that could be more oriental in a way?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, I don't. My parents are both Serbian.

Q. Grandparents?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, no. I just got this look from somebody, postman or who knows. I don't know.

I guess we'd need to track down that postman ;)

bluehaze
Sep 28th, 2008, 10:49 PM
Oh thanks for that interview. Wikipedia fails me again :(

Ian Aberdon
Sep 29th, 2008, 07:06 AM
STOP - woah yes, wait a minute Mr Postman, way-way-way-way-it Mr Postman...:)

Brena
Sep 29th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Heh, I don't think JJ has any Chinese roots, but in this Balkan mish-mash you never know who your ancestors might be - we had Ottoman rule for 500 years, and different peoples passing through the region during the history.
My grandma also had Asian looks - eyes shape, black hair, skin hue. We all kept teasing her that she certainly descends from Attila the Hun (she was from the northern part of Serbia , near the Hungarian border where Huns indeed passed :lol:)
I inherited her looks, and when I was about 5, my mom was approached in a park by a woman from the Chinese embassy who asked if I was a Chinese child (she thought my mom was my Serbian nanny :lol:). She told her I look just like Chinese children and gave me a badge with Mao Tse-Tung which I still have. :rolls: Also, as a young child, I was sent twice to the hospital because doctors thought I had jaundice only to realise that it's just my natural skin hue.
With time, my facial features mellowed and I don't think I look Asian anymore, but some time ago I found a pic of Bjork as a child which terribly reminds me of a pic I have of myself (but I highly doubt I have any Eskimo ancestors :lol:). Look:

lil' Bjork:

http://img0.liveinternet.ru/images/attach/b/3/20/458/20458661_young_bjork.jpg

lil' Zoja:

http://photos-h.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v151/93/88/589539286/n589539286_139479_4558.jpg

philip_v
Sep 29th, 2008, 10:55 AM
Well the first time my dad and I saw her, we both noticed that she does look part-Chinese. It's her eyes.

http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/9615/610xkd3.jpg

Wayn77
Sep 29th, 2008, 01:35 PM
Ahhhhhhhh Zoja is such a cutie :hug:

Bet you still have the same hairstyle as well.

You do realize you've started a trend now ...

all us JJ forumers have to post pictures of ourselves :tape:

Jelena does have attractive exotic features, not Chinese necessarily but certainly Asiatic tinged. Care to enlighten us a bit more of some of the origins of Serbian/Balkan ethnicity? Modern history is more my bag, there is more to it than The Hun passing through. Wasn't there some kind of mass settlement in the 14/15th centuries?

*needs to do some historical research*

MaBaker
Sep 29th, 2008, 02:12 PM
Heh, I don't think JJ has any Chinese roots, but in this Balkan mish-mash you never know who your ancestors might be - we had Ottoman rule for 500 years, and different peoples passing through the region during the history.
My grandma also had Asian looks - eyes shape, black hair, skin hue. We all kept teasing her that she certainly descends from Attila the Hun (she was from the northern part of Serbia , near the Hungarian border where Huns indeed passed :lol:)
I inherited her looks, and when I was about 5, my mom was approached in a park by a woman from the Chinese embassy who asked if I was a Chinese child (she thought my mom was my Serbian nanny :lol:). She told her I look just like Chinese children and gave me a badge with Mao Tse-Tung which I still have. :rolls: Also, as a young child, I was sent twice to the hospital because doctors thought I had jaundice only to realise that it's just my natural skin hue.
With time, my facial features mellowed and I don't think I look Asian anymore, but some time ago I found a pic of Bjork as a child which terribly reminds me of a pic I have of myself (but I highly doubt I have any Eskimo ancestors :lol:). Look:


lol Znaci, ne verujem sta si sve napisala :lol:

Jelena part goat ? :angel:

Brena
Sep 29th, 2008, 02:13 PM
Ahhhhhhhh Zoja is such a cutie :hug:

I was, but now only the mean look remained. :lol:

Bet you still have the same hairstyle as well.

You do realize you've started a trend now ...

all us JJ forumers have to post pictures of ourselves :tape:

No, you don't, except if you want to brag that you once looked like Bjork. :lol:

Jelena does have attractive exotic features, not Chinese necessarily but certainly Asiatic tinged. Care to enlighten us a bit more of some of the origins of Serbian/Balkan ethnicity? Modern history is more my bag, there is more to it than The Hun passing through. Wasn't there some kind of mass settlement in the 14/15th centuries?

*needs to do some historical research*

Unfortunately, I know just some history basics. *ashamed* But yes, you're right, I didn't express myself correctly, I also believe that Huns came from Asia to today's Hungary to stay for a while. However, it's just our family joke - I don't think the Serbs from northern parts of Serbia (which used to belong to Austro-Hungarian empire) have anything to do with the Huns. They came there from Kosovo and other parts of Serbia to escape the Turks (the biggest migration was in the 16th century). They preferred to live under Austro-Hungarian rule because they were Christians. The migrations to that part of Serbia continued to these days, when a lot of refugees from Croatia and Bosnia settled there.
Anyway, the fact is that Serbs differ from other Slavic nations in terms of their looks - we are much darker. For a long time I though it's due to Turkish genes that must have come into the mix during those 500 years, but there was always a case of Montenegrins, who have the darkest pigment although the Turks could never really get to their mountain tops. Then I read a several pieces on Trakians, people who lived in these parts before the Slavs came - they were very dark, and the blond/ginger, blue eyed Slavic newcomers mixed with them.
Even Celts pass here at one point, and there was an anglistics professor at my university who conducted a research and came up with a theory that Serbs and Welsh people are related (but I think the woman was quite mad :lol:, although her book is entertaining).
Also, there were many mixed marriages during the existence of Yugoslavia. The children from those marriages used to be Yugoslavs, but now it became a bit confusing. For example, take a look at my two best friends, Jasmina and Ugljesa. Ugljesa's father is from Montenegro (and now you have a complete confusion there - half of the people in Montenegro consider themselves Serbian, while the other half considers themselves to be a separate Montenegrin nation - and they are both the same people. You often have siblings who claim to be of different nationality) and his mother is half Croatian and half Slovenian. And Jasmina's case is even more interesting - her mother is half Croatian, half Serbian, while her father is a Muslim from Bosnia, but his ancestors came from Slovakia and converted to Islam. So as you can see, it's a complete confusion over here, and it's getting more complicated by the day. :silly: :lol:

~Kiera~
Sep 29th, 2008, 02:25 PM
The postman must have been Chinese ;)

http://img512.imageshack.us/img512/1351/a2fk9.jpg

I was, but now only the mean look remained. :lol:

:lol:

bluehaze
Sep 29th, 2008, 02:53 PM
Oh thanks Zoja for the history lesson - Its very interesting indeed. And you were very cute!

Now to find that postman...

schorsch
Sep 29th, 2008, 05:12 PM
:lol: such a cute thread :lol:

zoja your expression as a child is "fierce":lol:

Ian Aberdon
Sep 29th, 2008, 07:03 PM
Zoj, had you just been told it was brussel sprouts for tea? :lol:

Fascinating history lesson though (seriously). :hug: