In reality, it is the traditional connection between clan society and local communities that has provided the development potential for the social economy. The Hakka village economy can step out of this narrow framework and connect to the social innovation that is occurring in the much wider agricultural and care sectors.
The policy should not only be a matter of the Council for Hakka Affairs building shiny facilities or organizing bustling festival activities.
As Ma’s Hakka language skills improve, we are looking forward to the emergence of Hakka policies that rely on new and innovative ideas, such as the eco-museum and social economy concepts. These would consolidate Hakka culture and provide the villages with an environment conducive to sustainable development.
Liu Chieh-hsiu is secretary-general of the Taiwan Hakka Think Tank. Tseng Nien-yu is president of the Taiwan Hakka Think Tank.
Translated by Perry Svensson