I was a Westinghouse (now Intel) finalist at 16 and Ford Foundation scholar and graduated with a summa cum laude thesis in college. I started out a scientist (an archaeologist) but
ended up in Wall Street for 20 years. I’ve worked with university publishing houses, biotech and pharmaceutical companies, corporations both in-house and on the consulting side, represented one of the world’s largest advertising agency during one of the roughest, accounting moments in its history, and helped companies of all sizes tell their stories and find funding; I’ve worked in government trade bureaus, teaching, and
My main avocation is endurance sports. I’ve won 1st place internationally in Dragon Boat racing, which is a synchronized rowing sport in Asia, and have helped coach teams to win against the most formidable opponents.
I have succeeded and failed in so many different disciplines, it’s impossible to put my expertise in just one category. But if there is any way I can put it plainly, I am spiritual person making a living in the business world. I can’t pretend to be otherwise. I can bridge both worlds, and I can heal in both worlds. That took 40 years of training that was secret and a very privileged but lonely road.
My ethnic background
We are known to be #frugal, #hardworking people that will probably eat about anything alive; we have a talent for #languages and a canny ability in #business and #trade.
Hakka means “guest peoples”
and we have been nomads in Asia, even though many of us draw our ancestry to Hakka-speaking provincial areas of Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Sichuan, Hunan, Zhejiang, Hainan and Guizhou (see map above).
We are the most diasporic group among ethnic Chinese and can be found in Taiwan, Suriname, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam (known as Ngai people), Thailand, Timor-Leste and Burma. You can find Hakka people everywhere, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, the United States, and to many countries in Europe, South Africa and Mauritius, on the islands of the Caribbean (Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago), and in Central and South America, particularly in Panama and Brazil.
We are known to be revolutionaries. Overseas Hakkas have figured prominently in the politics of the countries they dwell in, such as Sun Yat-sen, founding father of modern #China; many members of the Communist Party of Chian; former president of Taiwan, Lee Teng-Hui, who is known for bringing democracy to the Taiwanese people; Tsai Ing-wen, the current president of #Taiwan and first and only popularly elected female President in Chinese history; and Lee Kuan-Yew, founding father of modern Singapore and first Prime Minister; Lee Hsien Loong, current Prime Minister of #Singapore; and Martin Lee, the father of democracy of #Hong Kong, Yap Ah Loy, founder of modern Kuala Lumpur, capital of #Malaysia; Low Fang Pak, founder and president of Republic of Lanfang in West Kalimantan; Hasan Karman, the first Chinese Mayor of #Indonesia; Thaksin Shinawatra, only Prime Minster of #Thailand to be re-elected; Yingluck Shinawatra, first and only Prime Minister of Thailand; Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister, #Cambodia; Ne Win, paramount leader of Myanmar for three decades; San Yu and Khin Nyunt, prime minister of #Myanmar; Pedro Lay, first Chinese Cabinet Minister of #Timor-Leste;
Outside Asia, Hakkas figure prominently
Penny Wong, first Chinese and first Asian Cabinet member in #Australia; Gaston Tong Sang, President, #French Polynesia; Nat Wei, Baron Wei, first #British born person of Chinese origin in the House of Lords, UK; Andre Thien Ah Koon, first and only Chinese elected to the #French National Assembly and the first Chinese elected to a parliament in Europe; Varina Tjon-A-Ten, first Chinese elected to the House of Representatives, #Netherlands; Arthur Church, first President, #Guyana; Solomon Hochoy, first Chinese head of state in a non-Asian country, #Trinidad and Tobago; Hendrick Chin A Sen, President and Prime Minister of #Suriname; Rose Leo, first Chinese and first female Cabinet Minister, #Jamaica; and William Boss Wu, first and only Chinese elected to the National Congress of #Brazil.
Molded out of years of living in the mountainous regions, many military writers have attested to the Hakka spirit. We are survivors; we have “a very high threshold for pain,” as Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore noted. As Thaksin Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand wrote, “There is a piece of important experience not found in books, that is the Hakka people fine moral qualities in doing business based on integrity. This is the most precious legacy left behind by my Hakka forefathers.”
Hakka Women – grounded in labor
In Han society, Hakka women were always workers – never able to bind their feet as dictated by the fashion mores at the time. Instead, we were matriarchs – both competent in the field as well as keeping a tidy and organized home. Property passed through the women in our society; and subsequently, our traditions are old-fashioned, organic and self-reliant. The Han women in contrast had to be carried everywhere.
Because the group was so migrant, the men left for world while leaving the women in charge of the community — something unheard of in Chinese society. In fact, the labour of Hakka women was so prominent that an ancestral worship was altered to include them as icons. They were known for “tilling the fields, collecting firewood, weaving cotton, making clothes, and taking care of the food supply,” according to historian Adria Chan-Wyles. Hakka women even participated as soldiers in the Communist revolution, as they were tough and selfless.
Reaching up for humanity
My grandmother took it one step further. Becoming ascetic was the only way she could express what was inside her, which was a special spirit that projected more authority than was acceptable for women in Asian culture at the time.
In her practice she led so many souls to the Other Side. In addition to their traditional cannons, most monks and nuns are trained in esoteric knowledge to help heal and even release people of their karmic suffering. Without asking for money in return, she served thousands. Those who have the privilege of being in her company could feel the vibration of her dedication; for very few would sacrifice everything in order to stay centered in prayer for others and steadfastly focus on the world beyond this one.
Inheriting this heritage and its massive responsibility
I am not Buddhist but I have both Christianity and Buddhism in my upbringing. I can see how different each world is, just like I can see how the West is different from the East, and my life work has been to articulate that for others.
Many of you are that way, too, if you have bicultural families or have extended families. The world is increasingly more mixed, these days, and that’s a good thing for human evolution and the growth of Consciousness among all sentient beings.
In addition to being Hakka Chinese, I am connected to Native American culture. Even though I have no relations whatsoever in this lifetime to these indigenous people, many of my values are consistent with this culture. In part it is the reliance on Nature, because of the scarcity of resources my people encountered. In part it also the persecution of our ways by a dominant group.
Why I named this blog TelepathyNation
In our pursuit of technology we have lost sight of our humanity. In particular, we have been anesthetized to pain, and our devices threaten to make sleeping zombies of all of us, as we mechanically go from one moment to the next.
To the destruction of the Earth and its inhabitants and our souls.
A nation to the Native American may be comprised of many tribes, just as my ancestry is comprised of many ethnicities based on geography, but is unified by one common language.
This language is universal when we access it in a state of unconditional love. It’s only been forgotten — suppressed by society.
Our purpose together
In this era, I believe our generation and the children to come are here to rediscover our gifts and re-trace our genealogy to its Divine origins. That is the purpose of awakening. When we re-discover it we know that there is no separation between us, as in the photo of the monks above.
If we truly want to survive in this modern world we need to protect that which is the most sacred: our soul. We could be served productively by the lives of those who can straddle both worlds:
- to incorporate the spiritual in our daily lives;
- sharpen up to know which path to take; and
- use that Knowledge to create the peace and harmony we crave.
In accordance with my Hakka roots, I am here to preserve the best of my grandmother’s and other cultural traditions for future generations.