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About Hakka In Malaysia

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by Miss Lim Mandarin (MAMA)

Last updated:


Friday, 9 December 2022

Interesting Facts

Hakka is a dialect of Chinese spoken by the Hakka people, who are originally from the northern and central regions of China. In Malaysia, the Hakka people form a significant part of the Chinese community and can be found in many parts of the country.

The Hakka people first came to Malaysia during the 19th and early 20th centuries, in search of better economic opportunities. They settled in various parts of the country, including the cities of Kuala Lumpur and Penang, as well as in rural areas.

Today, the Hakka community in Malaysia continues to maintain their cultural traditions and dialect. Many Hakka people in Malaysia still speak Hakka as their first language, and it is common to find Hakka associations and community organizations throughout the country.

One of the most notable aspects of Hakka culture in Malaysia is the food. Hakka cuisine is known for its emphasis on fresh ingredients and simple, hearty dishes. Some popular Hakka dishes in Malaysia include yong tau foo, a type of stuffed tofu, and tau fu fa, a dessert made of silken tofu.

In addition to their cuisine, the Hakka people in Malaysia also have a rich tradition of music and dance. The most well-known Hakka musical instrument is the sanxian, a three-stringed plucked instrument. Hakka dances, such as the drum dance and the lion dance, are also a popular part of Hakka cultural events.

Overall, the Hakka community in Malaysia plays a significant role in the country's Chinese cultural heritage. Their unique dialect, cuisine, and traditions continue to thrive and be enjoyed by many.

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Miss Lim has coached over 5000+ students in learning Malaysian Mandarin. She is a certified HRDCorp trainer and able to speak 5 languages which are Mandarin, Hokkien, Bahasa Malaysia, English, and Cantonese.
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