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|estimated 25–30 million worldwide|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Greater China (Guangdong, Hong Kong), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia), North America (United States, Canada), Australasia (Australia, New Zealand), France|
|Teochew + language(s) of their country of residence|
|Predominantly Buddhism (Theravada and Mahayana), Taoism, Confucianism and Traditional Chinese religions.|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Literal meaning||tide region people|
The Chaozhou people (commonly known as Teochew) are Chinese people, native to the Chaoshan region of eastern Guangdong province who speak the Teochew dialect. Today, most Teochew people live outside China in Southeast Asia especially in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. They can also be found almost anywhere in the world, including North America, Australia and France. The Teochew speak Chinese Teochew dialect, Teochew cuisine is also distinctive. The ancestors of the Teochew people moved to present-day Chaoshan from the Central Plains of China in order to escape from a series of civil wars during the Jin Dynasty.
Teochew can be romanised in a variety of schemes, and are known in Mandarin as Chaozhou ren and Cantonese as Chiuchao yan. In referring to themselves as ethnic Chinese, Teochew people generally use Deung nang (唐人; Mandarin: Tangren), literally Tang Dynasty people, as opposed to Hang nang (漢人/汉人; Mandarin: Hanren), which means 'Han Dynasty people'. Teochew people of the diaspora would generally use Hua nang (華人/华人; Mandarin: Huaren) to indicate Chinese heritage in a cultural sense. Huanang and huaren are broadly used by Chinese people living outside of China, referring to their maintaining a substantial cultural identity they consider to be Chinese.
Teochew people also commonly refer to each other as ga gi nang (自己人; Mandarin: zijiren) which means 'our own people'.
Historically, these people were called Helao or Fulao, as they came mostly from Henan and Shanxi via Fujian, with well-maintained language and customs from north-central China. As was recorded in pedigrees and ancient inscriptions, these people who had originally migrated to southern Fujian, especially from Quanzhou and Putian, made settlements toward Chaoshan in batches and soon spread all over the Chaoshan area.[when?] Geographic isolation and difficulty in traveling in the past made the Helao or Fulao become a relatively closed population. Recently, studies of genetic analysis supported that although all Han Chinese are indeed related and share a common root, the Teochew had closest links with the Minnan area of Fujian province and those from the Taihang Mountain range of north-central China.
They are known to Cantonese speakers as "Hoklo", literally meaning "men of Fujian", although the term “Teochew” is used in the Strait Settlements in the 19th century and early 20th century. "Teochew" is derived from Teochew prefecture (Chaozhou Fu) the departmental city where they originate.
Teochew immigration to Singapore
Since the 19th century, due to disadvantaged circumstances, significant numbers of Teochew people left their homeland for Singapore and a new life.
Early Teochew settlers could trace their origins to 8 counties/prefectures: Chao'an, Chenghai, Chaoyang, Jieyang, Raoping, Puning, Huilai and Nan'ao. Apart from these new immigrants leaving from Port Swatow, there were Teochews relocating to Singapore from Siam and Kepulauan Riau.
Today, Teochew is the second largest daily using spoken Chinese language in the island city-state.
Teochew in Taiwan
Most of the Teochew descendants in Taiwan have already been "hokkienized" ("hoklonized"). They speak the Taiwanese Hokkien language instead of Teochew. Some of them consider themselves as being Hakka. However, there are still some Teochew in Chaojhou township (潮州鎮), in Pingtung County (屏東縣).
Teochew culture is indispensable in constructing the single cultural entity in Guangdong province, and is known worldwide as a unique part of world heritage. Throughout the lengthy history of over 1000 years, the region of Chaoshan, anciently named Teochew Prefecture, has bred and evolved a prestigious culture, which manifests its unique characteristics in language, opera, cuisine, tea practice, music and embroidery.
The Teochew dialect (潮州話) is considered one of the oldest Chinese language for it preserves many features from ancient Chinese that have been lost in some counterparts. It is spoken by roughly 10 million people in Chaoshan and more than five million outside the Chinese mainland.
Teochew opera (潮劇) is a traditional art form which has a history of more than 500 years and is now loved by 20 million Teochew people in over 20 countries and regions. Based on the local folk dances and ballads, Teochew opera has formed its own style under the influence of Nanxi Opera. Nanxi is one of the oldest Chinese operas that originated in the Song Dynasty. Its tunes are graceful and pleasant, full of local colour. The old form of choral accompaniment still preserves its special features. Clowns and females are the most distinctive characters in a Teochew opera, and fan-playing and acrobatic skills are more prominent than in other types of performances.
Gongfu tea (工夫茶), the 'espresso' of Chinese teas with a formidable kick, which was first sipped back in the Song Dynasty, is still flourishing and standing as an important part of social etiquette in Chaoshan. It is not uncommon that the tea ritual is practised in an ordinary Teochew household on a day-to-day basis. Although it tastes bitter when it first reaches the mouth, it is the lingering aftertaste that makes Ganghu tea probably the most charming tea culture in China. Drinking Ganghu tea, in this sense, is a form of art rather than an antidote to thirst.
Teochew music (潮州音樂) is popularly played in Chaoshan's teahouse scene. The Teochew string instrument, gong, drum and traditional Chinese flute, are typically involved in the form of ensemble. The current Chaozhou drum music is said to be similar to the form of the Drum and Wind Music of the Han and Tang Dynasties.
Teochew woodcarving（潮州木雕) is a form of Chinese woodcarving originating from the Tang Dynasty. It is very popular in Chaoshan, Teochew people used a great deal of Teochew wood carving in their splendid buildings.
Yingge dance（英歌）is a form of Chinese folk dance originating from the Ming Dynasty. It is one of the most representative form of folk arts. The performers makeup into 108 Stars of Destiny, holding the two small stick or tambourine to perform。
Few movies or television dramas however have been made of the Teochew people, one such notable drama is the Singaporean 1995 drama series The Teochew Family.
Prominent Teochew people
- Mainland China
- Huang Guangyu (黄光裕; Ng Guangyu; Wong Kwong Yu) (1969–; Chaoyang, Guangdong), founder and chairman of GOME Group; once the richest person in mainland China
- Ma Huateng (馬化騰/马化腾; Bhê Huejam) (1971–; Chaoyang, Guangdong), General Manager of Tencent Computer System Co., Ltd and creator of QQ
- Lin Shouzhi (林受之) (1873-1924) rubber merchant and supporter of Sun Yat-sen
- Hong Kong
- Li Ka-shing (李嘉誠/李嘉诚; Li Jiacheng; Li Kaishing) (1928–; Chaozhou, Guangdong), founder and chairman of Cheung Kong Group; the richest person of Chinese and Chinese descent in the world; very famous for his enormous fortune, business acumen and generous charity work.
- Charles Heung (向華強/向华强; Xiang Huaqiang; Heung Wa-Keung) (1948–; Chaozhou, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), founder, chairman and CEO of China Star Group
- Lim Por-yen (林百欣; Lin Baixin; Lim Bêhyan) (1914–2005; Chaoyang, Guangdong); founder of Lai Sun Group, media tycoon, banker and charitarian
- Albert Yeung (楊受成/杨受成; Yang Shoucheng; Yêng Siuseng) (1944–; Chaozhou, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), founder and chairman of Emperor Group
- Joseph Lau (劉鑾雄/刘銮雄; Liu Luanxong; Liu Luanghiong) (1951–; Chaozhou, Guangdong), founder, chairman and CEO of Chinese Estates Group
- Vincent Lo (羅康瑞/罗康瑞; Luo Kangri; Lua Kangsui) (1948–; Puning, Guangdong), founder and chairman of Shui On Group
- Low Khiok Chiang (1843–1911; born in Swatow, Guangdong), founder of Khiam Hoa Heng entreprises (1872–1950s)
- Chin Sophonpanich (Thai: ชิน โสภณพนิช; Chinese: 陳弼臣) (1910–1988; Chaoyang, Guangdong; born in Thailand), founder of Bangkok Bank
- Dhanin Chearavanont (Thai: ธนินท์ เจียรวนนท์; 謝國民/谢国民; Xie Guomin; Zia Gokmi) (1939–; Chenghai, Guangdong), CEO of Charoen Pokphand Group(Chia Tai Group)
- Prachai Leophai-ratana (Thai: ประชัย เลี่ยวไพรัตน; 廖漢渲/廖汉渲; Liao Hanxuan; Liu Hangsuang) (; Chao'an, Guangdong), founder and former CEO of Thai Petrochemical Industry (TPI) and TPI Polene
- Chatri Sophonpanich (Thai: ชาตรี โสภณพนิช; 陳有漢/陈有汉; Chen Youhan; Tan U-hang) (1932–; Chaoyang, Guangdong), CEO of Bangkok Bank
- Krit Ratanarak (李智正; Li Zhizheng; Li Dizian) (–; Chenghai, Guangdong), CEO of Siam City Cement Public Company Limited and Bank of Ayudhya Public Company Limited
- United States
- David Tran (陳德) (1945-, Chaozhou, Guangdong, born in Saigon), founder of Huy Fong Foods
- Quách Đàm (郭琰) (1863–1927; Chaozhou, Guangdong), founder of Bình Tây Market—one of the most famous and important markets in Cholon and Saigon, one of the richest people in Indochina at that time
- Tram Be (1959–; Chaoshan, Guangdong; born in Vietnam), founder of Trieu An Hospital in Saigon; one of the richest people in Vietnam
- Mainland China
- Zheng Zhengqiu (鄭正秋/郑正秋; Dên Zianciu) (1888–1935; Chaoyang, Guangdong), famous director, and the film "Nan Fu Nan Qi (難夫難妻/难夫难妻; Nang Hu Nang Ci) directed by him was the first feature film in China's history
- Cai Chusheng (蔡楚生; Cua Cosên) (1906–1968; Chaoyang, Guangdong), famous director, and the film Yu Guang Qu (漁光曲/渔光曲; Heu Guang Kêg) directed by him received the first international film prize in China's history
- Hong Kong
- Mainland China
- Da-Wen Sun (孫大文/孙大文) (Chaozhou, Guangdong), leading world authority in food engineering education and research.
- Xu Dishan (许地山) (1893–1941; Jieyang, Guangdong),philosopher.
- Hong Zicheng (洪子誠/洪子诚; Hong Zeshin) (1939–; Chaozhou, Guangdong), An Outstanding Scholar in the Field of the History of Literature
- Chen Pingyuan (陳平原/陈平原; Tan Pêngnguang) (1954–; Chaozhou, Guangdong), famous Chinese literary professor
- Zhao Tingyang (趙汀陽/赵汀阳; Dio Teng-iang) (1961–; Shantou, Guangdong), famous Chinese philosophy researcher.
- Hong Kong
- Wena Poon (1974–); Singapore, novelist
- Alice Wong（黄陳小萍）, Minister of State for Seniors,the first Chinese-Canadian woman sitting in Cabinet.
- Tan Soo Khoon (1949–; Chaozhou, Guangdong; born in Singapore), former Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore
- Lee Boon Yang, former Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts
- Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister
- Low Thia Khiang, Secretary-General, Workers’ Party, Member of Parliament for Aljunied
- Lim Swee Say, Cabinet Minister in Prime Minister's Office
- Lim Boon Heng,former Cabinet Minister
- Baey Yam Keng, Member of Parliament, Tampines
- Seng Han Thong, Member of Parliament, Yio Chu Kang
- George Yeo, former Minister for Foreign Affairs (Singapore)
- Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Transport
- United States
- Mainland China
- Hong Kong
- Canti Lau (劉錫明/劉锡明; Liu Ximing; Liu Siahmêng) (1964–; Chaoyang, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), actor and singer
- Sammul Chan (陳鍵鋒/陈键锋; Chén Jiànfēng; Chan Gin-fung) (1978–; Chaozhou, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), actor, singer
- Emil Chau (周華健/周华健; Zhou Huajian; Chiu Hua-giang) (1960–; Chaoyang, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), actor and singer
- Matthew Ko (高鈞賢/高钧贤; Gao Junxian; Gao Jao-ghao) (1984–; Chaozhou, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), model
- Kwong Wa (江華/江华; Jiang Hua; Gang Hua) (1962–; Shantou, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), actor and singer
- Miriam Yeung (楊千嬅/杨千桦; Yang Qianhua; Yêng Cainhua) (1974–; Jieyang, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), actress and singer
- Sammi Cheng (鄭秀文/郑秀文; Zheng Xiuwen; Dên Siu-mung) (1972–; Chenghai, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), actress and singer
- Ada Choi (蔡少芬/蔡少芬; Cai Shaofen; Choi Siufun) (1973–; Chaoshan, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), actress
- Steven Ma (馬浚偉/马浚伟; Ma FengWei; Maa Zeonwai) (1971–; Chaozhou, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), actor and singer
- Stephen Wong Cheung-Hing (黃長興) (1978–; Shantou, Guangdong; born in Hong Kong), actor
- Zoe Tay (郑惠玉/鄭惠玉; Zhèng Huìyù; Jeng Wai Yuk) (1968–; Chaozhou, Guangdong; born in Singapore), actress
- Chen Shucheng (陈澍承) (1949–;Chaoshan, Chaozhou; born in Singapore, actor
- Chen Liping(陈莉萍） (1965–;Chaozhou, Guangdong; born in Singapore, actress
- Celest Chong (1973–; Chaozhou, Guangdong; born in Singapore), singer and actress
- Stefanie Sun (孫燕姿/孙燕姿; Sun Yanzi; Sung Ince) (1978–; Chaozhou, Guangdong; born in Singapore), singer
- South Korea
- Limahong (林鳳/林凤; Lin Feng; Lim Hong), (15??–15??; Raoping, Chaozhou, Guangdong), famous pirate
- Lê Văn Viễn (aka Bảy Viễn; Vien the seventh) (1904–70; Chaoshan, Guangdong; born in Vietnam), leader of a powerful Vietnamese criminal organisation—Bình Xuyên Organisation
- Somdet Phrachao Taksin Maharaj (Thai: สมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสินมหาราช) or Somdet Phrachao Krung Thonburi (Thai: สมเด็จพระเจ้ากรุงธนบุรี; Chinese: 鄭昭; pinyin: Zhèng Zhāo; Teochew: Dênchao) (1734–1782; Chenghai, Shantou, Guangdong; born in Thailand), former King of Thailand
- Thai Chinese, the majority of whom are of Teochew descent
- Genetic background associated with related populations at high risk for esophageal cancer between Chaoshan and Taihang Mountain areas in China, ScienceDirect, 2007, pp. 474–480
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