Hakka association in Vietnam holds yearend party

The Taiwanese Hakka Association of Vietnam (THAV, 越南臺灣客家同鄉會) held a member conference and a yearend party on Dec. 29, 2019. This event was attended by more than 160 participants, including Chung Wen-cheng (鍾文正), director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Ho Chi Minh City, TECO official You Kai-chiuan (游凱全), and THAV Chairperson Chen Bo-hao (陳柏豪).

In his speech, Chen, who was elected as the new chair of the association last June, said that the yearend party is always an important occasion for Hakka expatriates to round the year off by celebrating together. He further wished everyone a happy new year.

Director-general Chung drew attention to the growing number of association members, adding that many young people are willing to join this Hakka organization to make their own contributions. Chung hopes that the association will launch more activities for local Hakkas to partake in.

Since its establishment in 2011, the association has been a cultural center for the Hakka community in southern Vietnam. Its members are all Taiwanese Hakkas who came to the new country in search of a better life. They actively promote Hakka culture for their future generations to remember the history of Hakka ancestors.

At the member conference, participants also discussed the activities schedule for the upcoming National Hakka Day in February, hoping to pass on Hakka traditions in a foreign land. Enjoying the yearend party, they took time out of their busy lives to gather together and reconnect in true Hakka style.