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Pictures of Chinese people - 56 ethnic groups

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Minnan people 閩南人
or Hoklo people. In narrower scope, the Hoklo people refers mainly to people who speak and use the Hokkien dialect of Min Nan Chinese spoken in southern Fujian, western Guangdong (Teochew people) and Taiwan, and by many overseas Chinese throughout Southeast Asia (in particularily Malaysia and Indonesia). Teochew dialect is considered a sub dialect of Minnan. The estimated speakers of Hoklo is about 60 million and of Taiwan's 22 million plus population 70% of them speak Minnan dialect. In a wider scope the Minnan people can include speakers of other Min Nan languages, such as Zhongshan Min, Zhenan Min, Teochew dialect, and Hainanese.


Distribution of Minnan people (green), mainly in Fujian, western coast of Guangdong and Taiwan



Fuzhou 福州. the capitol city of Fujian Province



A street in Fuzhou



A happy Minnan family on Chinese New Year



Kids playing on the street



A girl's hair style



李嘉诚 Li Ka-shing b1928 of Hong Kong, the richest Chinese, is of Minnan Teochew ancestry



Taksin The Great, 1734-1782, was the only King of the Thonburi Kingdom of Thailand whose father, Yong Saetae 鄭鏞, was an ethnic Teochew from Shantou Guangdong
 

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Minnan people live in the coastal region of China that has 304 km of shallow coastline and, ingenuously, they developed an unique fishing method through generations - "Mudflat Fishing" 霞浦






Set the nets on stilt style bamboo poles on low tides



Just leave them there and do other chores until the high tides come and go



For the meantime take care the boats



Fix some tangled or torn fishnets



Or scope out some of the excess fish if you have time or are getting impatient



The tide is about receding the whole village is ready to go out and gather he fish
 

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Daily lives of Minnan mudflat fishermen


Some fishermen live onshore with their wooden flat bottomed motor rafts park in front of the village






Some even live on small towns with their territories carved out



Some live on their boats - no need to travel when you don't have to, they say



Some live on these stilt house village



On high tides they become floating houses



A live of its own in this part of the world



Drying seaweeds that were caught by the nets



The sun is about set
 

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Daily lives of Minnan mudflat fishermen


The sun comes up in the morning again.....another day begins for everyone



An early bird is out there to collect snails and oysters



A little later real early birds are coming in with oysters



While the kids are playing before the classes begin



Their parents are ready to set the nets again









The old and the young are also busy
 

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The "Three Lanes and Seven Alleys" of Fuzhou City, the capitol of Minnan people























 

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Being seafaring people the Minnan people rely on the Goddess of the sea, Matsu 媽祖, to protect them



A Tin Hau (Heaven Queen) Temple for Matsu



A Tin Hau temple on the other side of the world - Los Angeles



Tin Yau alter in Yilan City, Taiwan



Minnan people also have deep respects for their ancestors



They pay tributes and consult their ancestors on all kinds of events 红白事 - good or bad



At home territories



Or faraway in Malaysia
 

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Most Minna people trace their paternal ancestry to male settlers who migrated to Taiwan from Fujian in the 17th and 18th centuries. In Taiwan the Minnan people are referred as 河洛人 in Chinese.


The migrations of Minnan and Hakka (green arrow) to Taiwan



A Minnan young mother and a child in early 1900s



70% of Taiwan's 23 million people are of Minnan descent



Most Minnan people live in metropolis in Taiwan






Or in small railway towns like this one



Or in villages like this one



All in all they retain the same life styles, believes and customs as their counterparts in China
 

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There are also many Minnan speakers in Hong Kong



Most live among the mainstream



These are the Minnan Tanka (people live in boats)



This mingle with the regular Tanka people (another subdivision of Han people) and live in various typhoon shelters in Hong Kong



The Minnan speakers have a long history in Malacca or other places in Malaysia and Indonesia





They too retain most of their cultures and believes



 

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Minnan people have their own style of opera and they call it 保安宮‧歌仔戲. The operas are usually played on outdoor stages on temple environments












Kids always love puppet shows



A Minnan dance 闽南神韵 where the dancers express their messages through their dancing skills






 

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A Minnan traditional wedding


The groom is just about ready in his new apartment



The best man and the chauffeur wait for him down the street



They reach the bride's resident



But was harass at the door by the bridesmaids



Finally settles on 2 sets of 9 pushups from the original demand of 99 (nine means forever in Chinese, so 99 means forever and ever)



Plus sign a guarantee of good treatments of the bride in the future



He has to present that guarantee to her in private



The groom and the best man then are treated with bowls sweet soup with eggs (for fertility)
 

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After the sweets they kneel before the bride's great grandmother and receive blessings and gifts



The the same process with her grandparents



Ditto her parents



A picture with all her immediate family



It's afternoon when they reach his apartment where his family are waiting. First she has to cross the threshold with a fire urn



While the firecrackers are cracking outside nonstop, they kneel before his ancestors' alter



The same process with his grandparents and now his parents



They both eat some fertility eggs and rest a little before the big banquet tonight in a palace restaurant
 

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Wu people 江南人 or Wuyue people 吴越人, are a major subgroup of the Han Chinese. They are a Wu Chinese-speaking 吴语 people who hail from southern Jiangsu province 江苏, the city of Shanghai 上海, all of Zhejiang province 浙江, as well as smaller populations scattered around a few cities in nearby provinces. During the early Qing period, Wu speakers represented about 20% of the whole Chinese population. This percentage drastically declined after the Taiping Rebellion devastated the Wu-speaking region and was reduced to about 8% by 1984, when the total number of speakers was estimated to be 77 million.

Wu and Yue were two kingdoms during the Zhou dynasty and later, after years of fighting and conflict, the two cultures of Wu and Yue became one culture through mutual contact and cultural diffusion. It was not until the fall of Western Jin during the early 4th century AD that northern Chinese moved to Jiangnan in significant numbers. The Yellow River valley was becoming barren due to flooding (lack of trees after intensive logging to create farmland) and constant harassment and invasion by the Wu Hu nomads. In the 10th century Wuyue became one of a small coastal kingdom of the "Ten Kingdom" found by Qian Liu 钱镠 who made a lasting cultural impact on Jiangnan and its people to this day. The cultural distinctiveness that began developing over this period persists to this day as the Wuyue region speaks a dialect of Chinese language called Wu, has distinctive cuisine and other cultural traits.

Traditionally, in the past, Wuyue people dominated the Imperial examinations, and were often ranked first in the imperial examinations as Zhuangyuan (狀元), or in other positions of the Jinshi (進士) degree.


Distribution of Wu speaking people



A comparative map in English



There's a upscale subdistrict in Seoul Korea, with the same Chinese, name made famous by PSY (Park Jae-phase) - Gangnam Gu 江南區



Chiang Kai-shek 蔣介石 1887- 1975, famous former general and President of Republic of China



Lu Xun 鲁迅 1881-1936 a famous 20th writer



Mao Dun 茅盾 1896-1981 a Chinese novelist, cultural critic, and journalist. He was also the Minister of Culture of China from 1949 to 1965.



A memorial hall of Mao Dun in Wuzhen 乌镇, one of the most picturesque ancient water town in China



江南四位才子 “唐伯虎、祝枝山、文征明、周文宾” a drama depicts the 4 most historical talented scholars in Jiangnan
 

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An average speaker of a Wu dialect is mostly unaware of this name for the language they speak since the term Wu is a relatively recent classificatory imposition on what are less clearly defined and highly heterogeneous natural forms. Most speakers are only vaguely aware of their local language's affinities with other similarly classified dialects and will generally only refer to their local Wu variety rather than the dialect family.


Shanghai dialect 上海话/沪语 is a northern dialect of Wu



Shanghai was the Wu culture center from the early 20th century onward



The skyline of Shanghai today



The Bund in Shanghai



Suzhou dialect 蘇州閒話 is a prestige dialect of Wu



The city of Suzhou was found 514 BCE, is adjacent and west of Shanghai by Lake Taihu, a part of Yangtze River's Delta Region.



Ningbo downtown. Ningbo dialect 宁波话 spoken in the vicinity of Ningbo and Zhoushan 舟山市 nearby



Qiantong ancient town 前童古镇in Ningbo
 

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