Native memories, Hui ‘an and overseas Hui Yi

2022-05-03 0 By

Chongwu ancient city New Year’s Day at home to do a meat swallow chrysanthemum chrysanthemum cherry blossom shrimp soup, chat comfort.Meat swallow is one of the delicious memories of Fuzhou people. It is unique in that the skin of meat swallow is as thin as white paper. It is made by hand-beating selected lean pork, starch and salt.Meat swallow skin can be dried and preserved. When you want to eat it, wet it with water and wrap it with meat. Knead it at will.Away from home for many years, trying to retain the increasingly thin memory of the hometown, however, no matter how hard to replicate, without fuzhou celery shrimp laver, ultimately can not do the original taste.Looking back at my own journey, I wonder where our ancestors came from.What native memories do they have?How many pieces of native memory are woven into the veins of overseas descendants?Over the years, I have paid attention to huian community and traditional crafts. I am eager to know which villages are the original villages of huian, which once covered 927.96 square kilometers.This seemingly simple question has become difficult to answer over a short period of time.Fortunately, in 1984, the 60th Anniversary special issue of Singapore Hui an Association published a membership list, which included the names, native places and addresses of 1,092 members at that time. About 97% of the members registered their original hometown, and only 3% of them did not have detailed details of their original hometown, or generally wrote “Hui an”, “Huibei” and other large regional names.This shows that the vast majority of members at that time had a clear concept of origin and understood the villages where the original villages were located.OS and I were very excited when we saw the original places on the list, but when we tried to map them out on the Hoi an map, it turned out to be an extremely difficult task.After regime change and administrative division change, Hui ‘an is now divided into Three parts: Hui ‘an County, Quangang District and Taiwan Investment Zone. Some villages have long been abandoned, merged or renamed, and some duplicate place names and dialect pronunciation differences in Chinese record make it difficult to verify the location of the original village.After several searches, referring to the map of Hui ‘an over the years, comparing with the List of Places of Hui ‘an County compiled by the Office of Geographical Names of Hui ‘an County in Fujian province in 1982, consulting local cultural and historical personnel, we were able to verify the present location of about 89% of the original towns on the list.The huian association members of the original town on the map marked out, a more clear map of the distribution of the original town displayed in front of the eyes, separated by nearly half a century of time and space, vaguely see their way, full of emotion!Similar to what we heard during our field trip to Fujian, most of the fishing villages in Huian Mountain had people coming south to Sing Chau, but the geographical advantage of the coastal villages was not as high as expected.Among the local hui ‘an association members, the largest number come from Huibei Spring Port, especially shanyao town and Fengwei Town, wang Chuan Town in Hui ‘an County, Baiqi Hui Nationality Town and Zhang Ban Town in Taiwan Investment Zone.Further analysis of the surnames of these members shows that the top ten surnames in huiyi are Zhuang, Chen, Zhang, Huang, Lin, Zheng, He, Guo, Liu and Luo.What is noteworthy is that a considerable proportion of people with the same surname come from the same hometown. For example, zhuang has the most surname in the hillside.The original village recorded in this seemingly ordinary member registration form hides the network of geographical consanguinees, which leads the ancestors to cross Hainan. The common memory of the original village makes them join the ancestral village organization to support each other, and eventually their blood will be deeply rooted in the island.Where is the original?Between hazy, tangible and intangible, residual memories of the original country or will be reconstructed in the local culture of eternal life.The original article “Native Memories” was published in Lianhe Zaobao on February 5, 2022.If you need to reprint, please contact backstage, thank you!