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Hakka spirit in Central, South America documented in book

Hakka spirit in Central, South America documented in book

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) The Council for Hakka Affairs on Friday published a book on people of Hakka descent living in Central and South America, introducing the Hakka spirit and heritage to audiences through a different perspective. The 20 Hakka representatives featured in the book are not only successful in their own fields of endeavor but also serve as role models in passing on the Hakka spirit, said Minister for Hakka Affairs Huang Yu-cheng at the book's launch. "Their life stories embody the typical Hakka 'hard-neck' spirit -- to persevere in times of adversity," which is what makes the book unique and readable, Huang observed. The book, titled "Hakka in Central and South America," was the third in a five-part series on how Taiwanese Hakka elites overcome the difficulties and rigors of immigrant life. The first two books, published in 2009 and 2010 respectively, concentrated on Hakka communities in Southeast Asia and North America. "We want to publish the series in five years, covering Hakka minorities living on five different continents," he said. Huang called the Hakka people "civil diplomats" -- acting as pioneers in countries without diplomatic ties with Taiwan and helping to promote the island's image. "Those who have not traveled abroad cannot imagine the problems that lie ahead," said a tearful Lee Mao-yung, a Hakka who immigrated to Argentina and flew back to Taipei especially for the book launch. Lee opened vegetable shops and started his own food business years ago selling products under the "Lee's" brand. "Sometimes, I think that if it were not for the teachings of my father and the Hakka blood that runs in me, I would probably have left a long time ago," he said. (By Nancy Liu)


Updated : 2021-08-06 03:00 GMT+08:00