Saturday, October 31, 2009

Forum on Penang Hakka folks

CHUNG Ling High School, Chinese daily Kwong Wah Yit Poh and the Penang Philomathic Union all have one thing in common — Sun Yat-Sen and the Penang Hakka community.
Their history and connection are among the topics that will
be discussed during the upcoming ‘Hakka Study and Research and the Chinese Communities of Penang’ forum at Han Chiang College on May 2.

The forum will be the second joint effort between the college and the National University of Singapore (NUS).


He added that the Federation of Malaysian Hakka Associations also had high hopes of establishing a Hakka Village Cultural Centre in Balik Pulau soon.

The Hakka studies and research forum will start at 9am at the Han Chiang College hall. It will kick off with a dialogue session with Han Chiang and NUS academicians at 9.20am.

Three research papers on the Hakka community will be presented by post graduate NUS students at 10.45am.

Most people have the impression that most Penang residents are Hokkien and Peranakan. There is however a sizeable number of Penangites whose ancestry could be traced to Hakka origins but most have learnt to speak Hokkien for convenience.

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