|Hardworking and Perseverant
As a result of relocating generation after generation, the Hakkas
learned to be hardworking, persevering, and unpretentious as they struggled for survival
against an adverse environment. These virtues, for which the Hakka are known to this day,
have enabled the Hakkas to set down roots and set up hearth and home very quickly in new
Conscientious in Their Undertakings
The Hakka are highly esteemed for the success of their undertakings as, even
when they are far away from home, they maintain their industrious spirit. The Singaporean
government, the core of power of which is Hakka directed, is a good example. Successes of
this kind should be accredited to the Hakka women who are steadfast and persevering in the
face of difficulties. They perform farm work while running very frugal households.
Consequently, the men can set their minds to other tasks away from home. The impressive
amount of large Hakka businesses all along the coast of Southern China illustrates this
Life on the road caused the Hakkas stick together, leading to
very strong, close-knit communities. Clans with the same family name often settled down
together sharing a collective ancestral hall. This solidarity has helped the Hakkas become
self-reliant economically, while presenting a formidable deterrent to would-be aggressors.
The Hakkas are a very cohesive group, going through thick and thin together and pulling
together in times of diversity.
Several generations of Hakka commonly live together under the
same roof. Despite their tendency for large families, the Hakkas place a great deal of
emphasis on education, the money for which is taken from common clan assets, including
accumulated inheritance property and money sent back from relatives living abroad. In the
past, common assets were set up as Hakkas donated money from inheritances to help the sons
of relatives to take government tests. Many Hakkas living abroad continue to contribute to
education funds for relatives.