Date: 12-01-03 01:30
Dear Mr Chin,
I am from Huiyang, Huizhou. If you mean you are from Huiyang, You usually stem from around Huizhou, not Huizhou City. My ancestral village is only 2 km east of Danshui. In Danshui, everyone speaks Hakka, although most young people can also speak Cantonese now.
Huizhou city is about 50km North of Danshui and everyone speaks Bendihua, or Hiizhou dialect there. The dialect can be understood by us with difficulty, but it is not Hakka. The speakers also think that they are not Hakka, but most other Hakka scholars like to include them into Hakka. I wrote a paper about the iodentity of the Huizhou dialect. If you are from Huizhou in Malaysia, I am 99% sure that you are not from Huizhou City.
I was active here about three years ago, but I moved to live in China now. I am now teaching in the Xiamen University at the Chinese department. (Look at my Homepage there). If you have more questions you can write to me. I also welcome people to study the Hakka language and linguistics at my Univeristy, but deadline for overysea students is the end of this month.
Liu Zinfat /Liu Zhenfa
Associate Professor, Chinese Dept,