The Hakka’s ancestors were often said to have arrived from what is today’s central China centuries ago. The worldwide population of Hakkas is about 80 million.
The World Hakka Conference was founded by the Hong Kong Tsung Tsin Association in 1971. The Hakka Associations outside of mainland China were the driving forces behind the World Hakka Conferences until 1994 when China hosted it for the first time in Meizhou, Guangdong.
The Western Australia Chinese community, in particular the Hakkas celebrated the election of Keith YONG 杨奕驹 to the Perth City Council. Since the end of the White Australian Policy some forty years ago, the Chinese community has made slow but steady progress in political representation at the local council level.