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Re: Contacts in Britian...
You can click on the highlighted "Asiawind" word and follow the leads to go
to the Hakka homepage I have. It is mostly in English. It has some resources
on tapes and videos to learn Hakka. The same bookstores might also have
Cantonese too. I think the Chinatown in London might have some also. It is
not easy to keep the language alive in a foreign country. We are all trying
very hard. But at least keep the culture and tradition. I am also including
the maillist and forum address in the Cc so you can join us in the
discussion. Hopefully other Hakka in UK can help you too.
From: Steve (Lap Ming) Chan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tuesday, March 02, 1999 9:44 AM
Subject: Contacts in Britian...
>I stumbled to your Hakka Forum by accident when looking for
>Chinese contacts in Britian. Both my parents are Hakka, and
>although I don't speak the dialect I understand it very well
>as my parents speaks mostly in Hakka when I was a child.
>I digress. Let my explain my predicament if I may. I arrived in
>Britian with my brother & mother to join my father in 1975 from
>Hong Kong (or more precisely from a village in the New Territories
>called Sheung Shui).
>Being a child of 10 I soon made English friends and through
>the years I've found that my Cantonese had become only "reasonable"
>and I have lost all my reading skills. That's not the problem.
>My real concern is for my two and a half year old daughter and my
>second child (due March 8).
>Because my wife is English and we live in a small, predominately white
>town, there really isn't much I can do to educate my daughter other than
>carrying doing what I'm doing now (by talking to her only in Cantonese).
>However, I feel that I'm fighting a loosing battle as she is continuelly
>bombarded with the English culture via the Television. It was then
>that I realized that I've got to do the same thing and get hold of as
>much televison material, particularly children's programs, as possible.
>This way she has at least, an idea of her roots and origin when she is
>Therefore, I was wondering if you know of any points of contacts to start
>from. Surfing on the WEB is difficult as I cannot get a Chinese reader for
>my SunStation and even if I could get one I can't read the page anyway!
>I do hope you can help.
>Steve Lap Ming Chan