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19 September 2013

The 26th World Hakka Conference in Jakarta 雅加达第26届世界客家恳亲大会

15 delegates represented the Association to attend the 26th World Hakka Conference in Jakarta Indonesia from 9 - 11 September 2013.

15 名代表参加了于9月9日至11日在印尼雅加达召开的第26届世界客家恳亲大会。

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.


 Day 1: Sunday 8 Sept 2013  Perth - Jakarta

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

Lovely couples

Delegates at the Opening Ceremony

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



Cooling down

On tour


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



Day 8: Sunday 15 September 2013  Jakarta - Perth




Leaving Jakarta airport for Perth

Flying home