The Toronto Hakka Conference started with the dawn of the millennium, in the year 2000. It dawned on the Hakka, the most diasporic of Chinese ethnic groups, that an era of global peace and prosperity was possible.
This vision was especially strong among those who migrated from the former European colonies to the New World, and who would settle finally in countries like Canada and the USA where ethnocultural equality was enshrined. Conservationist, studious and thriving wherever they sojourned, they could become a leading edge in a world where material energy was diminishing as dramatically as
human communication was increasing. It dawned on the Hakka or “guest people” that they were becoming global citizens. The guests, wandering no more, could become hosts.
To secure the future, Toronto Hakka and international associates have convened every four years since 2000. The fourth Toronto Hakka Conference (2012) gave birth to the New York Hakka Conference (2015), and after the fifth Toronto Hakka Conference (2016), a Hakka Conference of the Americas will begin to activate other cities.
We will convene conferences in key cities of the Americas to transmit to Hakka and non-Hakka persons our traditional culture so that they can create the best of lives in the contemporary world.
We study together to build global consciousness, to unite humanity as one family and to be ever closer to the earth which we inherited.
The Toronto Hakka Conference 2000 York University