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Thank you for your clarifications. You've given me a good history
lesson. Sometimes short summaries are better than long winded details.
The message can easily get lost in verbosity. I do respect and get your
message. As you said "but if there is a better idea, I would like my
idea be replaced." But I must comment that your proposal of a Province,
even though your intentions are purely for the survival of the Hakka
dialect and not secession, could easily be misunderstood and cause
animosity if not clearly worded, especially today when the Chinese
Government is very suspicious of any mass movement.
But in the meantime, things can be done at the grassroot level to make
Hakkas more aware of their heritage and create programmes which can help
perpetuate the Hakka dialect. We need our fei kuon to take that
leadership. Jiaying may never come, as I think the trend is towards a
global rather than individual society.
I really admire the Hakkas in Toronto, especially Henrietta for her
boundless energy, for their effort in organising the Hakka Seminar in
December 2000. I think, Dr. Lau, you should at least present a paper at
the conference if you can't personally attend.