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Re: Definition of Hakka - The Future
That was an interesting article on the definition of Hakkas.
I just like to add in some points.
The Hakkas in Hong Kong are speaking Cantonese now, especially the younger
Then again, this is happening in every part of the world. It is just that
Cantonese is the working language in Hong Kong.
In Singapore nowadays, 90% of the young Chinese parents speak to their
children in English as English is the working langage. The other 10% will
probably use Mandarin, or Puitonghua.
Hakka will probably diminish in 50 years' time. This is inevitable.
Should it be a source of concern?
Think of the other dialects too. The other dialects will be diminished too
as more and more Chinese speak English and Mandarin.
Even the HongKongers are learning Mandarin now. In 50 years' time, how many
people will still be using Cantonese or Hokkien or Teochew?
We should be more concern about the spirit, values and ancestry of Hakkas
today than whether that person can speak Hakka or not.