Friday, January 2, 2009

Meinong: Home of the Hakka (Verve)

Tell your friends you're going to Meinong, the little town 40 kilometers northeast of Kaohsiung City, and their responses are pretty much guaranteed to include these keywords: Hakka people, bantiao noodles, paper parasols, and tobacco. Those images have remained through the years.

The Hakka are Taiwan's largest ethnic minority. At least three million people across the island are wholly or partly of Hakka descent. Unlike Taiwan's aboriginal tribes, the Hakka are considered Han Chinese, but they have their own language and a distinctive set of customs...

The complete article is in the December issue of Verve, EVA Airlines' inflight magazine.

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