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 material for Hakka academic research.

Other than Director Ho, the launch was 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), 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 a highly enthusiastic response 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 a fundamental representation of permanent exhibitions at Taiwan Hakka Museum. He further hoped that, through the combination of theoretical discourses and tangible exhibitions, there will be more interaction and conversation for 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 perceive and become more aware of Hakka identity and diversity on this island.

In this book, Hakka can be viewed from various aspects, including history, geography, society, culture, and citizenship. The research helps reader rediscover the formation of Hakka, the common characteristics of the Hakka ethnicity around the globe, exquisite arts, and unique folk culture. It also probes into the course that Hakka people fight for the rights of language, communication, and historical interpretation, proving that Hakka culture is an indispensable part in Taiwan’s culturally diverse society.