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Speak Hokkien Series 1065
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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