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Scholarly Studies on Hakkas in Cyberspace
Dear Dr. Lau Chunfat,
It's nice to know that I've finally gotten some attention and stirred up
some exciting debate.
I've been only borrowing ideas and trying to make connections.
Let me introduce to you, Professor Eriberto Fuji Lozada, of Butler
University, Indianapolis, USA Please see, http://trevor.butler.edu/~elozada/
Professor Lozada, did some research on Hakkas who communicate on the
internet, please read his paper, that he posted in his homepage at Butler
University, titled, "What it means to be Hakka in Cyberspace: Diasporic
Ethnicity and the Internet." This paper that he wrote is so interesting,
and he says that we've developed a global community, via internet access.
Let's assume there is a Jiaying Province in China, today, year 2000. What
will it be like? Of course, there will be Hakka people. What about the
effects of computer internet access, migration trends, job opportunities in
North America, in- and out-migration, how will you prevent Hakka people who
would want to learn Cantonese or Mandarin? How would you prevent their kids
from migrating to other places? Would Hakka speaking people get better
quality service in Jiaying? Whether or not there is a Jiaying Province,
there are things that you or I cannot control, people have to decide for
themselves, if they want to speak Hakka or if they want to teach their kids
the Hakka language. And as you have taught your kids Hakka, you should be
awarded for your efforts, because of all the difficulties you experience
just trying to preserve your own kids cultural heritage. You are not alone.
I believe in celebrating life and the people that surround me come from all
over the world. Not only the Hakka culture is important, but all other
cultures. Hakka people never existed by themselves. We should all embrace
the future, with an optimistic attitude, and look forward to positive changes.