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Swaziland delegation finds linguistic similarity with Hakka

2017/12/14 22:46:18

Photo courtesy of Taiwan Hakka Culture Development Center

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) A delegation from the Kingdom of Swaziland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation visited the Taiwan Hakka Museum in Miaoli, central Taiwan on Thursday, and were surprised to find that the phrase "thank you" in Hakka is very similar to that in their native tongue, "Siyabonga," according to the center's director.

The delegation which included Minister Mgwagwa Gamedze, Principal Secretary Joel Nhleko, Ambassador Thamie Dlamini and other dignitaries was accompanied by Jeremy Liang (梁洪昇), director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Protocol.

Kingdom of Swaziland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation delegation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Protocol Director-General Jeremy Liang (梁洪昇, second right)

The museum, under the Taiwan Hakka Culture Development Center arranged for local children from Tunglo Elementary School to tie Hakka style scarfs around the guests' necks and recite a Hakka nursery rhyme.

Through the performance and a guided tour of the premises the delegation learned much about Hakka culture.

Minister Gamedze approved of the exhibition and noted that it is very important to pass down culture to future generations.

Ho Ching-liang (何金樑), Hakka Culture Development Center director, said he was thankful for the delegation's visit because it allows Hakka culture to be seen by the international community and said he looks forward to future exchanges.

(By Kuan Jui-ping and William Yen)
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