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Hokkien people are some of the most adventurous and diligent people. They traverse oceans and are found in all continents of the world. They are diligent,adaptable and flexible. Nothing wrong about that.
Still, two things deserve attention. One is the gradual erosion of a very rich culture. The other is -alas- many just are not keen to preserve their mother tongue. They have failed to transmit their language through apathy.
I admire the Cantonese people. They go to great lengths to use their mother tongue. The film industry is well developed. So are the advertising and music industry. Cantonese is well used and developed. Cantonese people take great pride in their language and transmit them to their children.
Hokkiens as a whole lack pride. The advertising, movie and film industry is almost nil with the exception of Taiwan and a little bit from Singapore. Every other country is pathetic including Fujian province China. The culture is dying off also.
The Hokkien that is spoken is either crude, vulgar or limited in its vocabulary. Hokkiens end up speaking Mandarin, English or other tongues with their children. By doing that, they neglect or look down upon their rich mother tongue and tradition. Give it another generation, Hokkiens are no longer Hokkiens because they no longer speak or use their mother tongue. A big proportion of the young are now either hardly able to speak or cannot speak Hokkien at all. Hokkien, the language, will be given a quick burial or cremation if we no longer take pride or have the will to use and preserve it.
It is my aim to promote Hokkien and I appeal to fellow Hokkiens to do your part.