Putian people

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Putian Han 莆田漢人
Total population
(Above 5,000,000)
Regions with significant populations
Puxian Min, Mandarin, and Min Nan
Predominantly Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Traditional Chinese religion or Atheism
Related ethnic groups
Other Min Nan speaking peoples - Foochow people, Hoklo people, Teochew people, Hainanese people

The Putian Han or Putian people (Chinese: 莆田人, pinyin: Pútiánrén; Puxian Min: 莆仙儂, Hinghwa Romanized: Pó-sing-náng) are Han Chinese people from Putian, part of Fujian Province, China. They speak Puxian Min, a Min language. Min is one of the Sinitic languages.

They may also be referred to as Xinghua. Hing Hua district was carved out from Quanzhou district during the Song dynasty and was given the name HingHua. Hinghua people originated from Henan province and migrated to the present Putian many years ago. Henghua people were said to be mostly in charge of religious affair during that era, and migrated to Fujian after the civil war.[citation needed]

They are referred to as Henghua in Malaysia.[1]

Today, there are significantly large Henghua diaspora communities throughout Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia where they can be found in cities such as Kuala Terengganu and Kuching. In Indonesia, most Henghua live in Java and since long have been known for their businesses that mainly related with bicycle and transportation vehicles.

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  1. ^ Chinese Overseas: Comparative Cultural Issues. Hong Kong University Press. p. 92. 
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