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Decline of Hakka in Malaysia?
Following extracted from soc.culture.malaysia
On Wed, 03 May 2000 20:35:44 +0800, Velan
>Vince Mammoth wrote:
>> AS far as I know, Hokkien is the lingua franca of
>> community in the northern and southern part of
>> and S'pore. Cantonese is the common chinese
language in the
>> middle part of the peninsular.
>O uh , I am getting confused. OK , let me summarize
my question. What would the
>most common language used to converse orally among
the Chinese in Malaysia
1. Malandrin (almost every Malaysian Chinese can
speak this Chinese dialect)
2. Cantonese (in middle 70's less than 1/2 Malaysian
Chinese can speak Cantonese, but due to the influence
of Hong Kong media in these 25 years, more than 80%
Malaysian Chinese can speak Cantonese), the only
region that is still resisting Cantonese is probably
4. Hokkian, 1/2 of Malaysian Chinese are Hokkian.
3. Hakka, even though Hakka are famous for resisting
assimilation by local population wherever they go,
(They fled from area around LuoYang 2 thousand years
ago, for example they live in Canton for hundreds of
years but refuse to be assimilate by Cantonese, they
live in Hokkian but refuse to be assimilate by
Hokkian) a lot of Hakka in Middle Peninsular Malaysia
had lost their mother tongue, and speak Cantonese
I heard that there is historical background for Hakka
assimilation into Cantonese in Malaysia, can anybody
talk about it?
456789 Teochew, Fuchew, Toishan, Hainanese,
In 1980's Population Census (Banci) they ask Chinese
about their mother tongue, and this is the result:
Mother tongue Peninsular S'wak Sabah Total
Southern Min(Hokkian) 1824741 84280 37677 1946698
Hakka 786097 109060 90478 985635
Cantonese 704286 24640 19184 748010
Eastern Min(Fuchew) 85368 120645 0 206013
If they do that again in the next census, a lot of the
descendent of those Hakka would answer "Cantonese"
>Thank you anyway for your response
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