本中心成立於2007 年10 月24 日，為本校一級單位，也是中部地區第一所大學校院客家研究中心，亦是各校客家研究單位中，組織層級最高的客家研究中心。成立至今一直受到客家委員會之支持。本中心之成立，乃針對中部地區的客家族群進行有系統地調查與研究，建立中部地區客家研究交流平台，發展成為中部地區客家學術研究之基地，為保存與發展長期被邊緣化的中部客家文化奠定學術基礎。
There are quite a few Hakka groups scattered in central Taiwan, including Hakka people whose ancestors were from Dapu and Raoping in Guangdong Province, Zao’an Nanjing and Yongding in Fujian province, and some Hakka second immigrants from the northern counties, etc. They settled themselves down in Taichung, Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, and Chiayi. In particular, the Zhao’ an Hakkas in Yunlin is the most special, as their population density is the largest in Taiwan aside from the original Zhao’ans in Changzhou, Fujian, and therefore their Hakka dialect is the most well-preserved. Although the number of the Zhao’ an Hakkas are regarded as small compared to the other Hakka groups in Taiwan, they are widely distributed and distinctive. However, researches on Hakkas in central Taiwan are just starting. There are yet not enough researches on the Zhao’ an Hakkas, and thus researches in this field are worth developing.
Founded on October 24, 2007, the Center is one of the primary units in the University. It is the first center for Hakka studies established among the universities in central Taiwan, and also has the highest organizational level among the Hakka centers in other universities. Since it was founded, the Center has obtained great support from the Hakka Affairs Council. The purpose of the Center is to systematically conduct surveys and research on Hakkas in central Taiwan, to establish an exchange platform and to develop a key academic position for Hakka studies, to build an academic foundation for preserving and developing the culture of the marginalized ethnic group in central Taiwan.
The main goal of the Center is to promote the development of academic research on the Hakkas in central Taiwan, to expand the scope and to enhance the standards of Hakka studies. Based in Yunlin, with the grant of Hakka Affairs Council’s program for universities to develop Hakka academic institutions, the Center conducts related Hakka studies, educational activities and community services in Taichung, Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, and Chiayi.