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Ngai and its culture

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I just discovered that I'm married into a family of Ngai.  I started looking into family history as I find the culture extremely patriarchy.  Can any one share the history of Ngai people and also if (I forgot the term) but when they keep the culture from ancient China to Vietnam and then from Vietnam to US?  Do you have that experience?






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Hi WInnie,


What research have you already done? Do you speak/read any VIetnamese at all?


The người Ngái are famously hard to place: the speech is distinctly Chinese-based, and it is usually classified into Hakka as you say, with some links to the Tanka people of Hong Kong. However, there are also counterclaims, with Wikipedia in Chinese currently saying that there are relationships with the She people, who are spread around the southeastern Chinese coast.


I found one study from 1998 in English, and a more recent one from 2018 (which uses a lot of Sino-Vietnamese for Chinese concepts). 


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Hi Michael,


thank you for your reply and information.  I just started "official" research.  The only people I've spoken to are my husband's family member.

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