Hope Talk
From Guest to Host: Hakka Migration Around the World
Hope Talk
From Guest to Host: Hakka Migration Around the World
Aug 31
ANNEX

About the Program

Why is it that so many of the Indian restaurants in Taiwan are owned and operated by Hakka people?
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Hakka people are enthusiastic hard workers. Is this really true?
Did you know that there are Hakka people amongst the Jamaican population of Canada?

From Guest to Host, this talk will break through the stereotypes of the Hakka people. Vivian Chang will take us on a journey from the women of Hakka, the lives of contemporary Hakka, and the Hakka of the world. Through mountain songs, traditional proverbs, literary works, and films from the missionaries that arrived in Taiwan during the Cold War, Chang navigates the truth within the impressions of Hakka women in other people's eyes. Come one come all, be our guest and let’s visit the contemporary Hakka people scattered around the world!

Vivian Chang
Author

Vivian Chang grew up in the Hakka village of Douhuanping, in the city of Toufen, Miaoli. She has worked as a reporter for many daily newspapers in Taiwan and also as a television producer. Currently, she is a director at the Taiwan Central News Agency, a director of the Hakka Public Communication Foundation, and a reportage writer. As a student, she was deeply influenced by social movements, which inspired her lifelong interest in the two fields of Hakka, and women. She has long been concerned about women's rights, ethnic groups, and family memory. 

Her book Taiwanese Hakka Women uses sociological theory to explore the image of Hakka women constructed by Hakka literature, told from the female perspective. Her other book Taiping 1949 tells the tale of her mother, who took the fated ship Taiping to escape to Taiwan during the war—from a rich Shanghai heiress to a daughter-in-law of a Hakka family in Miaoli.

From the Curating Team

2024 Hope Talks explore how people absorb, transform, and recreate culture between the migration process. Speak of the past in order to move forward! 

About the Program

Why is it that so many of the Indian restaurants in Taiwan are owned and operated by Hakka people?
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Hakka people are enthusiastic hard workers. Is this really true?
Did you know that there are Hakka people amongst the Jamaican population of Canada?

From Guest to Host, this talk will break through the stereotypes of the Hakka people. Vivian Chang will take us on a journey from the women of Hakka, the lives of contemporary Hakka, and the Hakka of the world. Through mountain songs, traditional proverbs, literary works, and films from the missionaries that arrived in Taiwan during the Cold War, Chang navigates the truth within the impressions of Hakka women in other people's eyes. Come one come all, be our guest and let’s visit the contemporary Hakka people scattered around the world!

Vivian Chang
Author

Vivian Chang grew up in the Hakka village of Douhuanping, in the city of Toufen, Miaoli. She has worked as a reporter for many daily newspapers in Taiwan and also as a television producer. Currently, she is a director at the Taiwan Central News Agency, a director of the Hakka Public Communication Foundation, and a reportage writer. As a student, she was deeply influenced by social movements, which inspired her lifelong interest in the two fields of Hakka, and women. She has long been concerned about women's rights, ethnic groups, and family memory. 

Her book Taiwanese Hakka Women uses sociological theory to explore the image of Hakka women constructed by Hakka literature, told from the female perspective. Her other book Taiping 1949 tells the tale of her mother, who took the fated ship Taiping to escape to Taiwan during the war—from a rich Shanghai heiress to a daughter-in-law of a Hakka family in Miaoli.

From the Curating Team

2024 Hope Talks explore how people absorb, transform, and recreate culture between the migration process. Speak of the past in order to move forward! 

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