Hakka, Hainan Island in China

Joshua Project has identified the Hakka, Hainan Island only in China

Population

2,290

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Copyright © Operation China, Paul Hattaway


Identity

Although considered part of the Han Chinese nationality, the Hakka on Hainan Island speak their own unique language that is unintelligible to speakers of Hainanese Chinese. It is also reported to be distinct from other Hakka varieties in China.


History

It is believed that Hakka communities first migrated to Hainan Island in the aftermath of the Hakka- Cantonese wars in the 1860s. The Hakka were encouraged to migrate to vacant areas by the government. After the Songtao Reservoir was constructed in the 1970s, the Hakka moved to its northern bank and built new communities. Before that time they had lived scattered across various parts of Hainan. "There is evidence that almost as early as 900 AD, wandering farm laborers came by the north and northeastern routes out of Fujian and southern Jiangxi into Guangdong to work for the indolent natives. A census taken of the population of Moichu in the year 976 AD lists 367 such 'guests' and 1,210 'native' residents. A hundred years later the census shows the number of Hakka to have increased to 6,558, while the natives numbered 5,824."


Customs

Some believe the Hakka to have originally been a cross between Chinese soldiers and Ikia women. "They adopted most of the Chinese customs, mingled with the natives, and being bold and enterprising, succeeded in supplanting them."


Religion

The Hakka of Hainan Island practice traditional Chinese religions, especially Daoism and elements of Buddhism. Most of the younger generation are atheists.


Christianity

Without a church or a gospel witness, the Hakka of Hainan Island are a relatively untouched people group. In recent years a powerful churchplanting movement among the Hainanese has resulted in more than 550 house churches being formed throughout the island, but this movement has yet to spread to the area inhabited by the Hakka. The Hakka Jesus film and Hakka gospel broadcasts are available, but the Hakka on Hainan Island cannot understand them. Because their language is distinct, the Hakka Bible is also of no practical use to them.



Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission
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Country China
Continent Asia
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country The Hakka of Hainan Island - who speak a language unintelligible with the Hakka on the Chinese Mainland - total approximately 2,000 people in four villages. They live near the man-made Songtao Reservoir in Danzhao County, in the northwestern part of Hainan Island. Hainan was considered part of Guangdong Province until 1988, when it was granted status as a separate province.
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People Name General Hakka, Hainan Island
People Name in Country Hakka, Hainan Island
ROP3 Code 114077
Joshua Project People ID 18472
Indigenous Yes
Population in China 2,290
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chinese, Hakka 2,293
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Affinity Bloc East Asian Peoples
People Cluster Chinese
People Name General Hakka, Hainan Island
Ethnic Code MSY42a
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Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
15.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
45.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
40.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
Photo Source: David Schroeter Creative Commons: Yes
Map Source: World Factbook / Joshua Project
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