The Han ethnicity certainly is not ‘pure’, and may be thought of as very diverse. This is true except in the case of the Hakka people, who althougth a sub-stratum of Han today, are in fact considered to be a unique body of people that preserve and convey a specific type of unsullied ‘Northern’ Chinese culture extant hundreds of years ago.
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
When I wrote my Hakka martial arts article, I had communicated with a number of Mainland Hakka gongfu masters who all told me the same story – namely that their arts originated in Northern China. This is exactly what Master Chan had told me, and it seems to be a Western myth encouraged by ignorance of the subject matter, that suggests that Hakka martial arts originated in the South.
I noticed then that even the traditional Hakka clothing was nolonger worn, and the language spoken was a mixture of Hakka and Cantonese (with the occasional English word). Those who have left this village have spread all-over the world and changed in the new environments they have encountered, and yet there is something distinctly ‘Hakka’ that holds it all together!
I think that given the right circumstances, any group of human-beings can migrate anywhere if they need or have to do it. After-all, a small group of homo sapiens left Africa around 140,000 years ago, and eventually populated the entire planet! I mention this because there are three issues of Hakka identity that are curious to me, 1) recurrence of blond hair throughout Hakka-Chinese populations, 2) Hakka women are equal to Hakka men, 3) Hakka women never had ‘bound’ feet.