Introduction / History The Hakka, although proud of their cultural differences, have never claimed to be non-Chinese. Many famous Chinese have been Hakka, including Deng Xiaoping, Lee Kwan Yew, and Hong Xiuquan (the leader of the Taiping Rebellion).
There is much speculation concerning the historical roots of the Hakka peoples. Some claim that they were the first Chinese people to arrive in China. Others claim that the Hakka are the descendants of the Xiongnu tribe. This much is agreed upon: At various stages between the fourth and thirteenth centuries AD, large numbers of people were forced to flee their homes in the war-torn Yellow River Valley to seek refuge in southern China. These war refugees came to be known as Kejia, a Hakka word meaning "strangers" or "guests." When the savage Mongol hordes swept across China in the thirteenth century, many Hakka fled to the south to escape the carnage.
Where are they located? Today most of them are either in southern China or in Taiwan. A small number have migrated to Canada and other countries.
What are their lives like? There is very little information about the Hakka people in Canada except that they run popular restaurants. Canadians love Hakka style Chinese cuisine.
What are their beliefs? Since the advent of communism most Hakka could accurately be described as nonreligious. Aspects of animism and shamanism are found among some of the more remote Hakka communities.
What are their needs? There are some believers among the Hakka people in Canada. They need to go to the others and share what Christ has done for them.
Prayer Points * Pray for Bibles, the JESUS Film, and other Christian materials to find their way into Hakka homes in Canada.
* There are some Hakka believers in Canada. Pray that they will plant churches among other Hakka and Han Chinese people.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among every Hakka people.