I. Origins


Taiwan is a society consisting of many minorities. Especially over the last ten years, each minority has discovered and begun to understand the importance of their origins and their history of integration. This actively records and preserves each minority’s traditional cultural features and therefore, Taiwan’s cultural content is also enriched. Hakka is the second largest minority of the Taiwanese population, but due to the restraining and conservative characteristics of the minority, they used to be like a silent team in the past hiding everywhere. In 2001, the government set up the Council for Hakka Affairs to plan the development of Hakka culture as a whole. After that, the Hakka people began to stand out for the contribution to, and for their influence on society including politics and economics etc. Tourism was especially considered more and more important. Many Hakka villages hidden away in the mountains were discovered one after another and were regarded as Xanadu. Therefore, with frequent tourism and communication, the outside world gradually began to learn about the life of the Hakka people and their ethnic origins. However, what is worrying is the cultural pollution subsequently brought about and the unavoidable changes following the advancement of the age.

 

Food is the most important media for researching the culture of a minority. With the “Hakka Chef Training Program”, we will conduct on-the-spot surveys with several Hakka tribes in both the north and the south and then learn about the features of Hakka food culture and the content and significance contained within it by Hakka restaurants and literature from different places all around Taiwan. We hope to make a comprehensive record of Hakka food styles from early times up to today.