Taiwan, Global Center of Hakka Studies

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2019 / March

Lee Shan Wei /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Jonathan Barnard


Remaining steadfast despite their history of hardship, the Hakkas are traditionally thought of as a people without a homeland of their own. Taiwan’s mother tongue revival movement of three decades ago sparked a growing sense of ethnic consciousness among Hakkas. Amid the swirling currents of democracy, they have striven to gain respect. Hakka studies first emerged as an academic disci­pline in Taiwan in 2003. In the 15 years since, the discipline has produced prodigi­ous and varied fruits that have both shaped localized forms of ethnic studies and, through international exchanges, raised the profile of Hakkas by staking out a place for Hakka studies in the international academic community.


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