Hey, I think 南洲 would be a GREAT Hoklo name for Australia. How about 細南洲 for Australia and 大南洲 for Antarctica?異南洲
異南洲 Īlâmciu sounds to me kind of like PLAYING WITH THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT. Or is it supposed to be Īⁿlâmciu?
Wouldn't it be cool to have such a language, and replace Mandarin with it?I would politely tell the cashier, “小姐、汝招牌寫錯了、‘潮州’ 之 ‘州’ 是無 ‘三點水’。”
On the flip-side, educating people in such a language would probably leech vocabulary like "m̄'tio̍h" out of the lexicon in favor of chò 錯. Something which has happened in some aTiong dialects already, as it is. And if we get to the point where topolects differ only in pronunciation, I'll be the first to say, "Let's be done with these goddamn dialects."
4,000 years of Chinese history, everyone dressed in "Ming Dynasty costume", the way they are shown in most Chinese "period films". [Or is this just my "ignorant, non-Chinese educated" background...? Perhaps most Chinese in Malaysia who have gone to Chinese school know all this.]
Agree with aPin. As ignorant as the non-Chinese-educated may be, e.g. most Africans, the Chinese-educated are actually 10x worse. In a broad sense, this indicts not only Chinese schooling, but also the "Sino-centric" media as well as the lies that get passed from one generation to the next...Not at all, in fact I'd say people who are Chinese educated and from China will believe that and in addition will trot out the ridiculous figure of 5000 years. The oldest written records on oracle bone script) are only about 3500 years old, so your guess is 500 years closer than theirs!
Even the concept of the South as having been "settled", as if no one was living there before, and as if the blood of those early Southern people didn't flow in our veins...
Scholars have done amazing things in the past few decades. They've pieced together the history and concluded that Canton was a Chinese city in a sea of non-Chinese settlements ... as recently as the mid-, if not late-, Ming era! Something along the lines of Singapore today! Meanwhile, the hills of western Hokkien crawled with anti-Han insurgents! Ming emperors came down heavy on the insurgents. Next to U know, the "ethnics" became Hakka, went down to Port Moon 月港 in Ciangciu and maybe later Swatow and Amoy, and went over the tropic seas to "settle" Taiwan and Borneo!!!
U bet the political "stability" of China is partly based on these fictions of a "Han China". There is a political dimension. This is why the true history must be made known.
Three Asians walked into a bar -- a South Coast Chinaman, a hoanná (a dude), and a hoanpô. They sat down at the bar and ordered drinks. Then the hoanná and hoanpô turned to the Chinaman said, "aBêng, we are your mother, and your father."