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Hakkas as clans
Dear Clem Lee,
Somehow, I really think your poem about "Another effort for Hakkas in
Cyberspace," is really nice. I didn't know that there were other equally
interesting creative writers besides Mr. Chung and myself, of course, Mr.
Chung writes exceedingly much better than me.
I also noticed that when I wrote about Hakkas in Tahiti, you found a
webpage with the history of ethnic groups in Tahiti. It's good to know that
at least someone at the HGN is responding.
As for Hakkas as clans, I do think it's most predominant in regions where
they must form a clan. For example, I've noticed in Tangra, there are
family clans, and in recent times, there's an effort to unite and make a
larger clan of all the family clans.
In Trinidad, the Hakkas who orginally came from the Fui On, Toong Kwan, and
Po On, regions of Guangdong, China, formed an Association or clan in 1919
in Trinidad, of which my greatgrandfather Joseph Wong On was a founding
member. There was a tendency for the other Chinese groups to form their own
clans or clubs, such as the Toy Shan, and the Chung Shan people.
In Jamaica, it's the Chinese Benevolent Association, that's primarily
Hakka. I've also noticed that groups around the world, when they migrate,
from China to Mauritius, and from Mauritius to the U.S., for example, they
still form their own clans, and it's really interesting.
p.s. have you done any scholarly research on the Hakkas?