(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD) Li Zhen (1907-1990) was born into a Hakka family living in Liuyang County, Hunan Province. Li Zhen’s family lived in
This is a few of my academic notes which I am sharing. It represents only my opinion and is designed to further objective research and avoid the pitfalls of comfortable but highly ‘subjective’ viewpoints about ‘Hakkaness’.
Original Chinese Language Article By: http://www.sohu.com/a/137441211_238318 (Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD) Translator’s Note: Mao Zedong was an ‘Internationalist’ inspired by the works of Marx and Engels,
Dear Waiman I was reading a Chinese language article about Mao Zedong’s association with Hakka culture. I might translate this later this evening. However, in
The formation of Hakka culture happened during periods of social turmoil. This led to the Hakka being surrounded on all sides, often suffering the worst excesses of imperialism and siege. This is the origin of the Hakka struggle for self-defense. This is a manifestation of the Hakka solidarity, advocacy of armed forces and Revolutionary traditions.
From what I see, the Southern Mantis looks like longer movements that have been ‘shortened’ to fight off the back leg (perhaps due to a lack of living or training space). My theory is that genuinely ‘Northern’ Hakka martials arts were either lost or modified after the Hakka-Punti Clans wars, and the Taiping Rebellion of the middle 1800’s, which occurred in and aground Guangdong province.