What's on the other side of the frog?
Yeah it’s so obvious I want you to tell me.
Cedric, welcome to Meinong, Kaohsiung, one of the
best place in Taiwan to get to know Hakka culture.
Here in Taiwan, the two main ethnic groups are the
Minnan, who speak Taiwanese, and the Hakka, who speak,
Meinong was a tobacco producing town, and still is
Ah so this is how they used to dry the tobacco leaves
on big, tall racks like these! So Minnan people immigrated
to Taiwan in the 1600’s and they settled near the
coast, on the plains.
And when the Hakka came about a hundred years later,
they were forced to live near or in the mountains
like here in Meinong. And they're a very special group
of people who make it a point to stick to tradition,
and I think for those reasons, they were able to very
well preserve Hakka and Chinese culture in general.
Yeah, for example they still have these furnaces in
Meinong and they used those to burn papers with writings
on them because they consider literacy as holy.
So they don't just throw (paper) away like garbage.
No, they burn them and send them to the other world.
When a Hakka family builds a new home, the first room
that they build is the ancestral worship hall, which
is this, and it's also the tallest point of the house.
And very often there is a half moon shaped pond in
front of the house. Because if you look at the house
from a certain high point of view, it also looks like
a half moon shape, so two half moons make a circle,
which is a good omen. And very often too, there is
a mound of dirt at the back of the house whose purpose
is to bring descendants.
And one other really special thing about Meinong is
the paper umbrellas they have here.
I know you like those and you have a few of those!
Very traditional, they’re water resistant and hard
I think Meinong is an interesting place. They have
a different tongue and a different culture. Even different
You should come.