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The Hoklo people are Han Chinese people whose traditional ancestral homes are in southern Fujian of South China. They are also known by various endonyms (Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Hok-ló-lâng / Hō-ló-lâng / Ho̍h-ló-lâng / Hô-ló-lâng), or other related terms such as Banlam (Minnan) people (閩南儂; Bân-lâm-lâng) or Hokkien people (福建儂; Hok-kiàn-lâng).
In a narrow scope, Hoklo people refers mainly to people who speak and use the Hokkien dialect of Min Nan Chinese spoken in southern Fujian (Quanzhou, Xiamen and Zhangzhou), Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and by many overseas Chinese throughout Southeast Asia. In a wider scope, "Hoklo people" can include speakers of other Min Nan dialects, such as Zhongshan Min, Zhenan Min, Teochew dialect, and Hainanese.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Culture
- 3 Diaspora
- 4 Notable Hoklo persons
- 5 See also
- 6 Footnotes
- 7 References
- 8 Bibliography
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In Taiwan, there are three common ways to write Hoklo in Chinese characters (Hokkien pronunciations are given in Pe̍h-ōe-jī), although none have been established as etymologically correct:
- 福佬; Hok-ló; "Fujian folk" – emphasizes their connection to Fujian province. It is not an accurate transliteration in terms from Hokkien itself although it may correspond to an actual usage in Hakka.
- 河洛; Hô-lo̍k; "Yellow River and Luo River" – emphasizes their purported long history originating from the area south of the Yellow River. This term does not exist in Hokkien. The transliteration is a phonologically inaccurate folk etymology, though the Mandarin pronunciation Héluò has gained currency through the propagation of the inaccurate transliteration.
- 鶴佬; Ho̍h-ló; "crane folk" – emphasizes the modern pronunciation of the characters (without regard to the meaning of the Chinese characters); phonologically accurate.
Meanwhile, Hoklo people self-identify as 河老; Hô-ló; "river aged".
Hoklo architecture is for the most part the same as any other traditional Chinese architecture, Hoklo shrines and temples have tilted sharp eaves just like the architecture of Han Chinese in all parts of China due to superstitious beliefs, however Hoklo shrines and temples do have a few special differences from the styles in other regions of China: the top roofs are high and slanted with exaggerated but finely-detailed decorative inlays of wood and porcelain.
The main halls of Hoklo temple are also a little different, they are uusually decorated with two dragons on the rooftop at the furthest left and right corners, and a miniature figure of a pagoda at the centre rooftop. One such example of this is the Kaiyuan Temple in Fujian, China. Other than all these minor differences, Hoklo architecture is the basically same as any other traditional Chinese architecture of any other regions by Han Chinese.
The Hoklo people speak the Hokkien dialect which is not mutually intelligble with other Chinese dialects. Hokkien can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty, and it also has roots from earlier periods such as the Northern and Southern Dynasties and also a little influence from other dialects as well.
Hokkien has one of the most diverse phoneme inventories among Chinese varieties, with more consonants than Standard Mandarin or Cantonese. Vowels are more-or-less similar to that of Standard Mandarin. Hokkien varieties retain many pronunciations that are no longer found in other Chinese varieties. These include the retention of the /t/ initial, which is now /tʂ/ (Pinyin 'zh') in Mandarin (e.g. 'bamboo' 竹 is tik, but zhú in Mandarin), having disappeared before the 6th century in other Chinese varieties. Hokkien has 5 to 7 tones or 7 to 9 tones according to traditional sense, dependng on variety of hokkien spoken such as the Amoy dialect for example has 7-8 tones.
About 70% of the Taiwanese people descend from Hoklo immigrants who arrived to the island prior to the start of Japanese rule in 1895. They could be categorized as originating from Xiamen, Quanzhou, Zhangzhou, and Zhangpu based on their dialects and districts of origin. People from the former two areas (Quanzhou-speaking) were dominant in the north of the island and along the west coast, whereas people from the latter two areas (Zhangzhou-speaking) were dominant in the south and perhaps the central plains as well.
During the two centuries of Qing rule, a large number of Hoklo men took aboriginal brides. As some of the plains aboriginals also adopted Chinese customs and language, many of those who today categorize themselves as Hoklo have some degree of indigenous ancestry. Thus, Hoklo culture in Taiwan has deviated from that in mainland China due to Austronesian and Japanese influences.
Within the Taiwanese Han Hoklo community itself, differences in culture indicate the degree to which mixture with aboriginals took place, with most pure Hoklo Han in Northern Taiwan having almost no Aboriginal admixture, which is limited to Hoklo Han in Southern Taiwan. Plains aboriginals who were mixed and assimilated into the Hoklo Han population at different stages were differentiated by the historian Melissa J. Brown between "short-route" and "long-route". The ethnic identity of assimilated Plains Aboriginals in the immediate vicinity of Tainan was still known since a pure Hoklo Taiwanese girl was warned by her mother to stay away from them. The insulting name "fan" was used against Plains Aborigines by the Taiwanese, and the Hoklo Taiwanese speech was forced upon Aborigines like the Pazeh. Hoklo Taiwanese has repalced Pazeh and driven it to near extinction. Aboriginal status has been requested by Plains Aboriginals.
The deep-rooted hostility between Taiwanese aborigines and (Taiwanese) Hoklo, and the Aboriginal communities' effective KMT networks contribute to Aboriginal skepticism against the DPP and the Aboriginals' tendency to vote for the KMT.
When the Taiwanese Han "blood nationalists" tried to claim Plains Aboriginal ancestry as a tool to promote Taiwanese independence and to claim an identity separate from that of mainland Chinese, in spite of the fact that their own ancestry was overwhelmingly that of recent migrants from China with genetic tests showing differences between them and plains aborigines, their claims were decidedly rejected by the modern descendants of Taiwanese Plains Aborigines. The Plains Aborigines seek to preserve their own traditional culture since the abuse of claiming their ancestry by Taiwanese "blood nationalists" to create a uniquely "non-Chinese" Taiwanese identity based on blood negates the actual significance of having Plains Aborigine ancestors.
Indonesia and Malaysian Hoklo or Hokkien
The people of Leizhou and the non-Hakka people in Haifeng and Lufeng are Hoklo people, in a narrow scope, but are often being mistaken as Chaozhou/Teochew people in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
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Between 1885 and 1949, there were only nine migrants out of nearly 100,000 to Canada who traced their origins to Fujian.
After the 1960s, more Taiwanese Hoklo people began immigrating to the United States and Canada.
Notable Hoklo persons
This list includes people who are of either pure or partial Hokkien ancestry, in chronological birth arrangement with the oldest person first.
Scientists and mathematicians
- Su Song, Chinese scientist and mathematician during the Song Dynasty who invented the first hydro-mechanical astronomical clock and endless power chain drive in the world.
- Cai Qirui, father of Chinese catalytic chemistry.
- Lu Jiaxi, child genius who was so smart he finished elementary school in one year and enrolled in a university before reaching the age of 13, he obtained a chemistry degree at age 18 or 19. He served as President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
- Xie Xide, physicist who made important contributions to the field of solid-state physics. She also served as president of the Fudan University.
- Leon O. Chua, inventor of the Chua's circuit.
- Yuan T. Lee, received the Nobel prize in Chemistry for his outstanding contribution to chemistry.
- Zhijian James Chen, biomedist best known for using classical biochemistry to discover new pathways and mechanisms in innate immunity and cell signaling such as Mitochondrial antiviral-signaling protein.
- March Tian Boedihardjo, child genius who finished his A-level exams in Britain at the age of nine years and three months and was conferred a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Science as well as a Master of Philosophy in Mathematics after successfully completing his programme in 2011 (one year early).
Businessmen and entrepreneurs
- Howqua, merchant who was at one time the most richest man in the world.
- Ong Seok Kim, wealthy entrepreneur that financed China in war and many charities.
- Tan Kah Kee, known as being the "Henry Ford of Malaya" for his business skills, he was also a Chinese patriot who contributed greatly in the financial support of China in wars and many schools.
- Lim Bo Seng, a well respected war hero and Chinese patriot. When the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out, Lim and other Chinese in Singapore participated in anti-Japanese activities such as the boycotting of Japanese goods and fund-raising to support China in the war.
- Henry Sy, the richest man in the Philippines (named by Forbes in 2015).
- Robert Budi and Michael Bambang Hartono brothers, the richest persons in Indonesia.
- Kwik Kian Gie, the Indonesian Coordinating Minister of Economics and Finance (1999–2000).
- Mari Elka Pangestu (Phang Hoei Lan), the Minister of Trade of Indonesia (2004-2011).
- Ratsadanupradit Mahitsaraphakdi, governor of Trang Province in Thailand. In 1992, he was also honored as one of the five most distinguished government officials in administration of Thailand.
- Sergio Osmeña Sr. the fourth president of the Philippines, son of Go Bon Tiao or Pedro Lee Gotiaoco.
- Tan Cheng Lock, the founder and first president of the Malaysian Chinese Association(MCA).
- Tun Leong Yew Koh, the first President of Malacca since Malaysia's independence from Britain and co-founder of the MCA.
- Goh Keng Swee, served as the Ministers for Finance, Interior and Defence, Education and Defence in Singapore.
- Lee Kuan Yew, the 1st Prime Minister of Singapore and founding father of modern Singapore.
- Dr. Lim Chong Eu former Chief Minister of Penang.
- Corazon Aquino, the 11th and first female president of the Philippines whose maiden name Cojuangco derived from her Chinese ancestor named Co Yu Hwan (許玉寰) (later Jose Cojuangco) who migrated to the Philippines from Fujian Province in 1861. In the 1980's she visited their ancestral place in Hongjian village, Xiamen where she was welcomed by the officials and her relatives from Xu or Co Clan.
- Chuan Leekpai, the 20th Prime Minister of Thailand
- Goh Chok Tong, the 2nd Prime Minister of Singapore.
- Ong Teng Cheong, the 5th President of Singapore and former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.
- Lee Hsien Loong, the 3rd and current Prime Minister of Singapore.
- Benigno Aquino III, the fifteenth president of the Philippines, son of Corazon Aquino.
- Hong Chengchou, Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty general who was promoted to Minister of War and Viceroy of Suliao during the Early Qing Dynasty.
- Koxinga, Ming loyalist and the first king of the Kingdom of Tungning on the Taiwan Island.
- Huang Sian Teh, army general during World War II, he was in charge of the "Tiger Division", which fought in over 100 battles.
- John Lie, National Hero of Indonesia.
Philosophers and writers
- Li Zhi, Ming Dynasty philosopher with a little Persian ancestry.
- Jose Rizal a writer and one of the national heroes of the Philippines, a descendant of Cua Yi-Lam or Domingo Lamco.
- Lin Yutang, one of the most influential writers of his generation, many of his books were bestsellers both in China and the Western world.
- Amy Chua, lawyer and author of the international best seller Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother which attracted huge media attention and ignited global debate about different parenting techniques and cultural attitudes that foster such techniques.
- Mazu, Song Dynasty patron goddess who is said to protect seafarers, such as fishermen and sailors
- Baosheng Dadi, Song Dynasty doctor and Taoist practitioner who was credited with performing medical miracles. After his death, he was worshiped as a deity.
- Sri Suriyendra, Queen consort of Siam.
- Kwa Geok Choo, spouse of the first Prime Minister of Singapore and topped the whole of Malaya in the 1936 Senior Cambridge examination. Lee Kuan Yew admitted that Kwa was 'a very bright girl, brighter than I was'.
- Wesley So, famous chess prodigy, he won the 2015 Bilbao Chess Masters and 2016 Sinquefield Cup.
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