Han Chinese, Hakka in Taiwan

Han Chinese, Hakka
Photo Source:  婷 尹 - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Han Chinese, Hakka
Country: Taiwan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,306,000
World Population: 44,589,100
Primary Language: Chinese, Hakka
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 2.10 %
Evangelicals: 0.42 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Chinese
Affinity Bloc: East Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Hakka, although proud of their cultural differences, have never claimed to be non-Chinese. Many famous Chinese have been Hakka, including Deng Xiaoping, Lee Kwan Yew, and Hong Xiuquan (the leader of the Taiping Rebellion).
There is much speculation concerning the historical roots of the Hakka. Some claim that they were the first Chinese people to arrive in China. Others claim that the Hakka are the descendants of the Xiongnu tribe. This much is agreed upon: At various stages between the fourth and thirteenth centuries AD, large numbers of people were forced to flee their homes in the war-torn Yellow River valley to seek refuge in southern China. These war refugees came to be known as Kejia - a Hakka word meaning "strangers" or "guests." When the Mongol hordes swept across China in the thirteenth century, many Hakka fled to southern China and Taiwan to escape the carnage.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In Taiwan, the younger generations of Hakka have largely assimilated into society with the rest of the island because of educational needs. Most Hakka communities don't have high school or colleges, so young Hakka have to attend school in bigger cities where they usually end up settling.  Older generations of Hakka still live predominately in rural communities outside of bigger cities. While most understand Mandarin, the national language in Taiwan, their heart language is really Hakka, so that's been a barrier in communicating the gospel to them.  The Hakka have their own cuisine, architecture and dress.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They don't adhere to a strict organized religion, but most devoutly worship family ancestors. Some are Animists and there is renewed interest in Shamanism and Buddhism. There is a Hakka Church in Taiwan, but the numbers are static. This Church is not growing.

What Are Their Needs?

The Hakka people in Taiwan need hearts that are open to Jesus Christ and a willingness to repent and live for Him so that they can enjoy His abundant life.

Prayer Points

Pray for hearts and minds that are open to adhering to the ways of Jesus Christ.
Pray for more Holy Spirit anointed believers to go to the Hakka in Taiwan.
Pray for leaders in the Taiwanese Hakka community to open the doors to hearing the gospel.
Pray this will be the decade where there is a powerful movement to Christ among the Hakka in Taiwan.

Text Source:   Joshua Project