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Culture first, language second
Absolutely true if we can speak and read and write the language, we would
be able to understand the culture much better. But remember there are
also many Hakkas who cannot speak Hakka any more because of many reasons.
(Political suppression in some countries was a big reason). If they claim
themselves as Hakka and identify with Hakka culture, they should be
treated as Hakka. On the other hand, there are also Hakka who speak
fluent Hakka but do not identify with the ancestry and history of Hakka.
I would say they are less Hakka than the first type. That is my point.