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Dialogue on Hakka Global Initiative


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Dialogue on Hakka Global Initiative

Opening Remark by Professor Bernadette Y. Li : The history of Hakka in China remains to be thoroughly researched in depth and the spread of the Hakka people over the world can be discussed in global perspective. As is well known, in Chinese history, natural disasters and social/political upheavals frequently caused groups of people to leave their original homelands and to move to other places where they could find a livelihood. Hakka literally means "Guest Home". As a matter of fact, peoples moving from one place to another occurred throughout history. Even though most Hakka people had their own language, food and living style, they inevitably interacted with people of their new home towns, and gradually they were dynamically transformed in various ways. Since the latter part of the 19th century, Chinese began to move overseas in significant numbers and settled in foreign lands. They are what we call "overseas immigrants", who can also be regarded quite similar to Hakka people in modern times. Therefore, I propose that Hakka Studies can be compared to contemporary immigration studies, or that immigration studies can be regarded as an extension of Hakka studies. (10 min.)

Professor Ruifeng Liang ; (10 min.) See his inserted article

Other panelists, 5 –10 min. each


  • Professor Bernadette Y. Li

  • Professor Hope Jensen Leichter

  • Professor Ruifeng Liang

  • Professor Kathleen Lopez

  • Dr. Keith Low

  • Dr. Bayer Jack-Wah Lee