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   My Homeless Town

Lai, Haocheng
Department of Journalism

16 Min
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The term "Hakka" has a specific meaning. | Professor Xiao Wenping from the Hakka Research College of Jiaying University explains that during the late Ming dynasty and early Qing dynasty, a large number of people from Jiangxi, Fujian and Guangdong moved to the Hanjiang Delta or the Pearl River Delta area. These people settled down to raise their offsprings in the local area. The Hakka people in Meizhou have very strong ethnic identities. | Lai Xialin, resident of a Hakka walled village, was born here but later moved to other places. He still remembers his ancestral home from childhood. | Professor Xiao points out that the construction of the Hakka walled village has a whole set of rules and is different from other buildings. It has its own complete structural system and special layout. | Ancestors are the heart of Hakka families, and the ancestral temple is the centre of the Hakka walled village. Family members living together are bound by the idea of yin and yang, life and death. | Lai Yuan, a resident of the Hakka walled village, said that they have received news about 7 or 8 years ago that they would be evicted by the government… Zeng Ran is the deputy director of the Urban and Rural Planning Bureau of Xingning. He talks about the prospect of the newly developing southern city area. He said that the government has to dismantle buildings that are neglected, in disrepair or having low value. Those lands should be used for development and it is impossible for the city to stay unchanged. | Lai Xialin believes that if the Hakka walled village is demolished, Hakka life would be the same as urban life, and the customs of the Hakka New Year would also disappear. Lai Yuan recalls the sentiment of others: "An ancestral home that you cannot return to"...


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