Yes, the vietnamese were right. The original Huaxia was a bunch of really tall mandarin speaking Northern Chinese. They were really buff and and barked in Mandarin. Their first king, Qin shi huang, unified them into the Northern Chinese Mandarin empire. Then, they expand and occupy Cantonese country, occupied by the Cantonese baiyue tribes. The original Baiyue culture and modern Cantonese culture are the same so they are the same people. Qin shi Huang spoke mandarin and tried to enslave the Cantonese Baiyue using mandarin. Then Goujian, the minnan king, escaped from Jiangnan and formed his Hokkien country called Minyue, or Minnanyue....and the story of 4000 years of northern chinese mandarin imperialism continues. Minnanyue gets ocnquered by the mandarin empire. Then Cantoneseyue led by zhao tuo gets conquered by the second mandarin chinese empire led by mandarin speaker Han Wudi, who the vietnamese call the ',cruel han chinese tyrant'
By the way, viets fondly claim the ancestors of the Han Chinese are Huaxia. The viets tell me that if you are not a pure blood descendent of huaxia, you are not han chinese. Thats why the Cantonese are not han chinese. they are descended from Yue.
See kids, if you smoke crack, this is what you will hear. In other words, listening to the Vietnamese story here gets your head on drugs and you won't know anything about China,s regional development. You make think that all of China's warring states spoke Mandarin officially, even i know mandarin didn,t exist back then, lol. Today, nobody is descended from Huaxia (which WAS NOT EVEN A RACE OR ETHNICITY IN THE FIRST PLACE). Then according to the vietnamese idea of ''who is a Han chinese'', your mind will get mind molested: Nobody would have been able to qualify to be Han Chinese even though the Viets continue to insist that Northern chinese are ''real han chinese'' without much credible evidence. One thing for sure, the vietnamese can get real creative when they (and Koreans) like to pick and choose who is chinese and who is not. They are really picky. Maybe they ought to eat some healthy vegetables to be strong instead of eating and promoting weak junk material.
Huaxia means civilized society. It is a cultural marker unsymbolic of race, ethnicity, or country.
A child of Hua may have existed but it would amount to a child having been born of two parents which had been residing within states east of Qin. In other words, the Qin were compelled to distinguish between the Hua and themselves for the sake of allowing transmission of power only to those which are deemed loyal enough. It's like you can't be a president of a country unless you were born there. So technically Hua can be an ethnicity but through the passage of thousands of years there's obviously no such thing as a pure descendant of Hua, obviously since the Henan area has transferred power to so many different dynasties. The only thing unmistakably Hua about Huaren is the history which exists for them which began from Huaxia power consolidation in Henan and surrounding territories. It's like the Roman empire where every ethnic group was different for their own locality or province but the historical veneration begins with Rome itself at the very center.