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How do we account for the prominence of so many major Hakka political leaders?
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- From: "Dixie" <Dixie@singnet.com.sg>
- Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 01:44:12 +0800
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How do we account for the prominence of so many major Hakka political
My own view, admittedly somewhat speculative, centres on the dialect
history as a
diaspora people escaping persecution from non-Chinese invaders and Chinese
This creates among its members a keener awareness of how the larger
affect individual lives.
Long after the initial migrations, the arduous journeys from political
persecution survive in
the collective folk consciousness.
Living away from large population centres in barricaded mountain
also allows for
a degree of independence from political authority not afforded the
of the fertile
Another result of living in remote mountainous regions with meagre land is
cultivation of an ethic of hard work, and an ability to withstand extreme
Such a culture provides an excellent political training ground for dynamic
convictions, with a gift for rallying whole communities, and able to
of adversity in the wilderness.
Living at the periphery of major population centres nurtures in the Hakka a
independent political thought and action.
- written by Lam Pin Foo, a Hakka lawyer