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Re: hakka: Hakka Chinese FAQ
Dear HGN friends,
I would like to express some comments as below.
> B. 001 Are Hakka really Chinese?
> The short answer, is "Yes", but it deserves a bit of explanation. The
> question really has two parts, one dealing with culture, and the other
> dealing with language. Telling the difference between the two is the
> 2 source of confusion in the mailing list. (Telling the difference
> history and politics is Number 1.)
> Hakka people were thought to be a minority people of China, like the
In fact, it is not really minority. Its population is about France,
German, two sizes of Taiwan. In China, it is one of seven biggest
ethnics. We believe it is a comparative term to 1.2 billions population.
> B. 002 Why are Hakka people called "Hakka"?
> "Hak-ka" is Cantonese for "guest people", an euphemism for
> "barbarian" or "interloper". (In Mandarin/Putonghwa, the term is
It is easily to translate into "guest people" by Maderian, but it is not
a good expression to Hakka themselves. It should not be an adjective
term, it is a noun. Hakka is a Hakka. No translation required such as
Something are very important as my quote below.
Lim KonLiong - Hakka Monthly Home Page Publisher
To Improve The Hakka Living Environment all over the world
Speaking Hakka is as important as listening and reading
Singing a Hakka song is the easiest way to learn Hakka
Actively purchasing Hakka material, is the only way to continue the