New book on Hakka studies now available

Taiwan Hakka Culture Development Center (THCDC) published a monograph on Hakka studies and held a book launch in Miaoli on Sept. 16. THCDC Director Ho Chin-liang (何金樑) noted that the book titled Siin Mung: Hakka Taiwan (承蒙-客家台灣‧台灣客家) will be a significant reference source for Hakka academic research.

Other than Director Ho, the launch was also attended by National Taiwan University professor Hsieh Shih-chung (
謝世忠), National Chiao Tung University professors Chang Wei-an (張維安), Liu Rui-chao (劉瑞超), and Shu Wei-der (許維德), and National Museum of Taiwan Literature Director Su Shou-bin (蘇碩斌).  

The invited guests explored Hakka culture from the viewpoints of ethnicity, cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology. They were met with highly enthusiastic responses from the participants.

Ho stated that the monograph “Siin Mung,” which means “being grateful” in the Hakka language, is not merely a book for academic investigations but also a fundamental representation of the permanent exhibitions at Taiwan Hakka Museum. He further hoped that, through the combination of theoretical discourses and tangible exhibitions, there will be more interactions and conversations among museum-goers.

Ho added that the book showcases the achievements of Taiwan’s in-depth Hakka studies over the past 30 years. He also hoped that the publication will stimulate people to become more aware of the Hakka identity and perceive the diversity that makes up this nation.

In this book, Hakka identity is introduced from various aspects of history, geography, society, culture, and citizenship. The compiled research will help readers rediscover the origins of the Hakka people, the common characteristics of the Hakka diaspora around the globe, and their exquisite arts and unique folk culture. It also highlights the course that Hakka people charted in their fight for language rights, broadcasting and communication rights, and interpretation rights of their own history, proving that Hakka culture is an indispensable part of Taiwan’s culturally diverse society.