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Every Chinese should know how
to speak Mandarin,” Guangzhou native
Kevin Kong, 29, told Time magazine.
But everyone has the right to speak
their native language. There shouldn’t be
any conflict between the two languages.
Just because you speak Mandarin doesn’t
mean you should give up your mother
language.”

His argument inspired me to pick
up my mother tongue. Problem is, which
is it?

My dad is Cantonese but he speaks
mainly Penang Hokkien, having been
brought up on the island. If pushed, my
mum would plump for “Baba Hokkien”
as her mother tongue.
Tabitha Wang encourages herself to
speak more dialects by singing Ai Piah Jia
Eh Iah (You’ve Got To Fight To Win).

Hokkien - Will You Give Up Your Mother Tongue?
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Hokkiens were the earliest Chinese immigrants in Malaysia and Singapore.
They began to migrate to Melaka after the founding of the Sultanate in the early
fifteenth century. Being strategically located between China, India and the Southeast
Asian archipelago, Melaka was destined to become the hub of a flourishing
international trade and attracted Chinese merchants to its shore. These early traders
appeared to have come from Zhangzhou prefecture in the southern Fujian province,
China. They played such an important role in the international trade of the Sultanate
that their leader was appointed as one of the four Shabbanders by the Sultan
(Sandhu 1961: 5; Sandhu and Wheatley 1983: 96). It was a natural flow of events
that Zhangzhou Hokkiens should become the Chinese pioneers in Melaka, for the
Yue Gang (the Port of Moon) of Zhangzhou emerged as a main trading port in the
southeastern part of China in the period between 1465 and 1505, and Zhangzhou
traders were active in coastal China and the Southeast Asian region (陈自强/ Chen
Zhiqiang 1983: 1-7; 陈吴泉/ Chen Wuquan 1983: 200-204). The Chinese
community grew in size during the Portuguese rule of Melaka from 1511 to 1641. A
Portuguese navigator and explorer, de Eredia, who spent some time in Melaka in the
early seventeenth century, observed that a Chinese village was located in a suburb of
Upe, and the residents were the "Chincheows". The word "Chincheows" was
probably the Romanized Hokkien word of "Cheangchew" which is the equivalent of
the Mandarin pronunciation of "Zhangzhou" (de Eredia 1930: 19). During the early
Qing period (1644-1670), some among the southern Chinese who resisted the
Manchu conquest, and were unwilling to become Manchu subjects, left their
homeland and migrated to Southeast Asia, with a group arriving at Melaka to seek
refuge. The majority were from Xiamen (Amoy), Quanzhou and Zhangzhou. Their
arrival further boosted the number of Hokkiens among the ethnic Chinese in early
Melaka. The fact that the early Chinese Kapitans such as Zheng Fang Yang and Li
Wei Jing were of southern Hokkien origins testified to the Hokkiens' predominance
and overriding position in the early Chinese community here. 



THE ROLE OF HOKKIEN CHINESE
IN THE HISTORY OF
MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE

YEN Ching-hwang

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Most Minnan emigrants of Fujian had come from the south of Fujian. They are more adventurous and brave, having experienced the impact of foreigners and ocean culture. Nearly 90 percent of Filipino-Chinese today are descendants of emigrants from Quanzhou and Zhangzhou and the majority of Singapore-Chinese are descendants of Minnan Fujian Rén. It is estimated that there are over 20 million Minnan Rén from South Fujian residing in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
Minnan Fujian Rén are not good ideological thinkers but they donate money generously in promoting education and other useful causes. They are strict in controlling their offsprings’ upbringing and behavior. They would not allow their children to be tooWesternized, to behave in un-Chinese ways, nor to become assimilated by the pre-bumiputras of Indonesia or Malaya [the descendants of Chinese immigrants who have become Baba and Nyonya or pernakans (locally born Chinese) who behaved like the natives, eating with their hands, wearing sarong (a piece of cloth wrapped around the waist) and who have been assimilated, gradually loosing their Chineseness]. 

(East Asian Studies p.2)

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