A Brief Account of Dissertations and Theses on Hakka

In 1999 the author published Comments on Dissertations and Theses (1966~1998) on Hakka by Ph.D. and MS Candidates in Taiwan Area in Communication of Study in Hakka Culture 《客家文化研究通訊》published by Center of Hakka Study, National Central University. At the time, the selection criteria were far from strict to define to define the so-called Dissertation/Thesis on Hakka by Ph. D. and MS candidates. As a result, a total of 119 articles were selected and my comments focused on ethnic group, culture, history and geography, community, language and literature.

In recent years study on Hakka has seen abundant accomplishments, thanks to the contribution of domestic traditional related departments such as linguistics, literature, geography, history, anthropology, sociology, and architecture. However, study on Hakka obviously does not belong to any traditional science and it has become necessary to integrate the interdisciplinary departments. And it is for this reason, institutions on the study on Hakka in Taiwan have been set up one after another. Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Miaoli counties, the traditional native place where Hakkanese reside, have established related institutions, namely Center for Hakka Study, National Central University in Taoyuan County, College of Hakka Culture (義民文化學院), National Chiao Tung University of Hsinchu County, and Center for Global Hakka Study (全球客家研究中心), United National University of Science and Technology (國立聯合科技大學). The author estimates that a new peak of Hakka study may soon ensue, following establishment of these institutions.

Study on Hakka started from Prof. Lo Hiong-lin. For over 70 years, from the traditional theory featured by ‘Crossing south with well-groomed dress’, to interactive theory by ‘Melting with natives,’ to the theory of recognition prevalent in today’s post-reform and open society featured especially by lifting of martial law, the study on Hakka has seen all schools of thoughts in the race for attention, as if in the eve when a model reform is about to take place. To create a future wide and in-depth academic field, however, requires continuous aggregation of accomplishments our ancestors have painstakingly left us. As such, the author wishes to offer whatever he knows via this Internet column to publish research results of new-generation students on Hakka study for future reference in micro-study and, at the same time, the author wishes to bring about these accomplishments to readers in general.
‧ List of Dissertations and Theses on Hakka by Ph. D. and MS Candidates in Taiwan Area