At the Periphery of Nanyang: The Hakka Community of Timor-Leste

  title={At the Periphery of Nanyang: The Hakka Community of Timor-Leste},
  author={Juliette Huber},
  journal={Sinophone Southeast Asia},
  • Juliette Huber
  • Published 1 September 2021
  • Sociology
  • Sinophone Southeast Asia
I recorded this story in 2013 among the Makalero people, who live in the remote Iliomar subdistrict on the south-eastern coast of Timor-Leste. Clan origin stories are of great ritual significance for the Makalero, and the fact that a Chinese captain is featured in this narrative illustrates the degree to which the ethnic Chinese are an established part of the East Timorese scene. They started to settle on the island during the Portuguese colonial period, and by 1975 a vibrant community existed… 

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