The following is a report by one of our delegates Ms Anita Chong:
The 26 World Hakka Conference 9-11 September 2013
Fifteen members of the WA Hakka Association joined over 6,000 delegates from all over the world to attend the 26th World Hakka Conference in Jakarta. Dato' Tet K Yong, facilitator and organiser, was joined by Datin Lilly Yong, Norman & Annie Chia; Agnes & Francis Yapp; Lily & Alan Yit; Zhang Xiaoting & Anna Zhang; Qian Guiyuan & Yunkai; Anita & James Chong and Joseph Lee Xiaoye. Hakka people from as far afield as Canada gathered to showcase Hakka solidarity, success and culture.
The theme of the conference was 同谋同创 客家福社,社会繁荣 ( Unite to create Hakka welfare and a prosperous society) These annual conferences provide a venue for Hakka people to meet and work towards a united Hakka community.
The conference commenced with a welcome dinner on Monday 9 September followed by a grand opening ceremony the following evening at the Jakarta International Expo Centre. It was attended by, among many prominent Hakka Indonesians , the Vice President of Indonesia, Boediono, who was a UWA graduate. Delegates were entertained by top class performances showcasing Indonesian songs & dances. Guests came away with a local musical instrument, the Angklung. The large audience joined in to play two Famous Teresa Deng tunes with the Angklungs.
A display of Hakka songs and Chinese traditional dances was the theme for the closing ceremony the next day. The ceremony included the handing over of the world Hakka flag to representatives from Kai Feng, the 2014 hosting city. The council also announced Xin Zhu (Hsinchu 新竹) in Taiwan as the 2015 host.
During the two days, while delegates went sightseeing around Jakarta, Heads of Hakka Associations met to format reports, discussed Hakka related issues and made plans for future conferences.
After the conference, delegates visited various places in Indonesia. The WA group flew to Yogyakarta and visited famous sights, the Canti(ancient Hindu Temple), Borobudur, 9th Century Buddhist Temple and the Kraton Complex, the Sultan's Palace. They also attended a reception hosted by the Yogyakarta Hakka Association.
For some of us, it was the first such conference attended. It made one feel proud of the Hakka heritage, it's uniqueness, culture and language.
On all counts, the conference was a success, drawing Hakka people from around the world to one place to celebrate their heritage.
|At Perth airport|
|At Perth airport|
|Arrived Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport|
|All 15 delegates being welcome by The Organisers of the 26th Worlkd Hakka Conference at Jakarta airport. Unfortunately this is the best picture of all those taken. Apologies to Francis who was not fully taken in.|
|Having a midnight snack near the Redtop Hotel where we were put up after arriving in Jakarta. Pork satay, anyone?|
Day 2: Monday 9 September 2013 Jakarta free day. Welcoming Dinner
|Shopping on the free day...looking for durians|
|Trying out local delicacies|
|Eating out on the free day|
|Welcoming Dinner for the Group Leaders - here Datin Lilly Yong seen with Canadian heads of delegates|
|Stage backdrop at the Welcoming Dinner for the Heads of Delegates|
|Honorary Chairman Dato' Yong with 2 very prominent Indonesian Hakkas: 梁仕桢 Soetjipto Nagaria, and 傅志宽 Murdaya Widyawimarta PO.|
|The Welcoming Dinner for Group Leaders held at a separate venue|
|All 15 delegates taking a group photo first at the hotel before departing for the Welcoming Dinners|
|Our Delegates at the Welcoming Dinner|
|More of our delegates at the Welcoming Dinner|
|Senior Vice President Lily Kong-Yit receiving a souvenir from Hakka Indonesia, the Organisers of the 16th World Hakka Conference|
|Heads of delegates after receiving their souvenirs|
|Lily Kong-Yit proudly shows off the plaque commemorating the 26th World Hakka Conference, with Assistant Treasurer Alan Yit and Committee Member Annie Wong|
|With other delegates|
|Group photo taken at the Welcoming Dinner|
|Mr & Mrs Yapp|
|Mr & Mrs Zhang|
|Mr & Mrs Chong|
|Mr & Mrs Chia|
|This is the group of 13 delegates at the main Welcoming Dinner.|
Day 3: Tuesday 10 September 2013 Organised Tours Opening Ceremony
|Honorary Advisor Mr Francis Yapp exchanging souvenirs|
|Met with the President of the United Sabah & Labuan Hakka Associations Datuk Tham Yuk Liong|
|Dato' Yong with new found Indonesian Hakka friend Mr Lie|
|Delegates at the Opening Ceremony|
|Delegates were taught how to play the Anglung|
|Playing the Anglung|
Day 4: Wednesday 11 September 2013 Organised Local Tours Closing Ceremony
|A Hakka word, meaning 'I', pronounced "ngai". This word is unique to the Hakka language. No other Chinese dialect group say 'I' this way|
|The 8 guy delegates|
|The 7 gal delegates|
|Dragon & Lion Dances to welcome us, and they even allowed James to do his best with the Dragon!|
|This is a powerful Indonesian Hakka, as he calls himself and very proud of it: 熊德龙。Much admired!|
|At the Closing Ceremony|
Day 5: Thursday 12 September 2013 Jakarta - Jogjakarta Side Tour
Day 6: Friday 13 September 2013 Jogjakarta Side Tour
Day 7: Saturday 14 September 2013 Jogjakarta - Jakarta
|Leaving Jakarta airport for Perth|