福建历史与文化

Hokkien History & Culture

Ah Gong Kong Ko! (My Grandfather’s Story in Hokkien)

Early Singapore

Big Wave

Free Trade

In the 19th century, trade winds fanned the flames of diaspora from China’s Fujian province to many parts of South East Asia. One of these promising lands is the free trade heartland of Singapore. 

Illustrated Scenery

Chinese clan associations

The Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan provided critical assistance in securing accommodations, jobs and burial services for the early immigrants.

Orchid Flowers

 xinke 新客

While adopting many customs of the foreign land, these new xinke (新客) also brought with them their native traditions and cultures. This heritage legacy is something which we should all be proud of.

Hokkien remains today the most spoken variety of Chinese dialects in Southeast Asia. From its homeland in southern Fujian, its status has transformed from vernacular language in China to lingua franca in Singapore more than a century ago, and to heritage language this century. 

 

Just as fascinating is the presence of Southeast Asian varieties of Hokkien, and the use of Hokkien as a major element in Singlish.

 

Learn more about our Hokkien roots, language and idioms, customs, profession in the video.