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.