Re-enacting Bandit Revolution in Hakka-land (Jinggangshan)

Footnote on kejia/Hakka identity as proxy for underclass, land-poor, and auto-exposed to “local magnate” oppression/extortion.

There is one important highly inconvenient lacuna in the equation of “hakka” (kejia) with extra-linguistic (-dialetic) subclass status and through this link to a class sensitivity as land-poor (-starved) natural rebels or allies of the Marxist Leninists who promised redistribution.

That is: that the anthronym “hakka” is NOT a marker of (subaltern) DNSA ethnicity, nor even of communal dialect grouping, though it certainly correlates (when its use is self-imposed) with a finite number of diasporic communities who carry aggregates of dialectic and culture collected along the trail, as it were, of well-established migration in-routes from the southeast. It is thus quite possible- even logical – that where the im-migrant (“settler”) population is massive and monopolistic enough in terms of end-effect landholding, that the “othering” name “guest-people” be ignored or perhaps not even ever heard.

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