Hakkas have a variety of features, but I do have to say this, many Hakkas do not look like the other Chinese. And I hate to say this as I have been grilled several times in the past, many Hakkas have Caucasian strain, and some are very apparent, others less so. Some people say Hakkas are better looking too, this could be it!
I'm going to challenge your opinion. What you're saying can be turned around and be put as, "Cantonese do not look like Hakka". It's a two way street. Or are you saying all other sub groups of the Han ethnicity all look alike (with the exception of Hakkas)??? It might be a unique feature in your own lineage whereas at one point there was an intermarriage with Caucasians. But to my understanding Hakkas are very conservative and so I do not see Hakkas assimilate with Caucasians. I've also read that Hakka dialect is possibly one of the oldest dialects - poems dating back to 600 BC and when read in Hakka it rhymes, but do not rhyme when read in another dialect (e.g. Mandarin, Cantonese). For those who do not know, Hakka dialect is mutual intelligible with Cantonese (I would bet a person speaking in Hakka dialect and a person speaking in Cantonese dialect could have a basic dialogue with their own native tounge), but not so much with Mandarin. I grew up watching Hong Kong movies and was able to understand the Cantonese dialect due to its closeness to Hakka. I've struggled with Mandarin though.
The men are uually broad shoulder and tall, and have a well proportional physique, same thing with the women, and this is very common among Caucasians as well. I noticed many Hakkas girls have the body of White girls. It's true, usually have fuller body, nice figure, not like the typical skinny flat Chinese girl.
Again this may just pertain to your family lineage. However, I am Hakka (father is Hakka, mother is Teochew and my Chinese native tounge is Hakka dialect) and I have a "football/hockey player's" physique - standing 6' tall with a wide frame/broad shoulders weighing in at 220lbs. Ironically both my parents are petite standing only 5'3. I've been told that I got my height from my maternal grandfather. Thus, technically I did not inherit my height from my Hakka side. I do believe I got the wide frame from my father side though.
I have golden brown hair, and thick eyebrows that almost meet in the center. Also have eyebrow ridges too which is typical of Hakka. I have several uncles, all of them at least 6 feet tall, also typical of Hakka.
Our behavior is also different, I think we are more honorable, hardworking and refined that the other Chinese. We were also rebellious too.
I have yet to see a picture of a Chinese, or Hakka for that matter, claiming golden brown hair as I'm not quite able to picture it. My hair was "lighter" as an infant, but I do not think this only pertains to Hakka people. My eye browes are not narrow and do not meet anywhere near the center and they're very much raised above my eyes. I don't have any creased eye lids either which is indisputably a common trait in most East/South East Asians. Also, I don't think Hakka are more tanned than other Han Chinese, like another member said it's purely due to the geographical location they reside. I'm very fair skinned, both my parents are too. But we (my family that is) get easily tanned under the sun.
And yes Hakka are very conservative and honorable. I believe Hakka were traditionally farmers, but after settling in South East China they were discriminated against by the Puntis and usually got the left over land that wasn't as fertile as their peers. Because of this a lot of Hakka started shifting into public service and the military - basically politics - and culturally emphasized on education. This in turn explains the numerous Rebellions lead by a Hakka (e.g. Taiping Rebellion). Also after Qing Dynasty fell, and Kuomingtang and the Chinese Communists started to gain popularity, there were several Hakka leaders on both sides, notably Sun Yatsen (Nationalist party) who's thought of as being the founding father of modern China and was the first President of ROC (Taiwan). Xue Yue, also of Hakka descent, was one of the top generals for Chiang Kai-Shek (Generalissimo who in turn answered to Sun Yatsen until Sun's death). Xue Yue was responsible for almost annihilating the Communists and chased them out 12,000 miles North/North West of China. He was even regarded as "Patton of Asia". Current President of ROC is Hakka, and as been said there were others in the past (excluding Sun Yatsen) who were Presidents and of Hakka descent.
Several famous and notable people in Hong Kong film industry are Hakka as well (Chow Yun Fat, Leslie Cheung, Michael (Wai-Man) Chan, Cherie Chung, Eric Tsang, Raymond Chow).
All in all, little to my knowledge until a few days ago when I decided to look up my heritage, Hakka have had a great influence, and still do, on modern and ancient China.
Edited by DubT, 03 November 2009 - 11:56 PM.