The Hoanya (Chinese: 洪雅族; pinyin: Hóngyǎzú) are a Taiwanese Aboriginal people who live primarily in Changhua County, Chiayi City, Nantou County, and near Tainan City.
Their language, Hoanya, is now extinct.
The Lloa people and Arikun people are generally considered to be a part of the Hoanya people.
Scholar like Kaim Ang suggests the name of the people, "Hoanya", come from Taiwanese Hokkien Chinese: 番仔; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Hoan-iá; lit. 'foreigner', originally from the perspective of ethnic Chinese referring to non-Chinese, especially historically natives of Taiwan and Southeast Asia. The name of the people group retained the obsolete diminutive suffix, 仔; (iá), in Hokkien, which originally came from a weak form of 囝; (kiáⁿ, káⁿ) and today survives in Hokkien as the diminutive suffix, 仔; (á). "番仔; Huán-nià" is attested in the Dictionario Hispanico Sinicum (1604) and use of the obsolete 仔; (iá) suffix is also recorded in Medhurst (1832). The modern form of the same aforementioned word in Taiwanese Hokkien is 番仔; Hoan-á, which over the centuries took on a derogatory connotation in Taiwan in reference to Taiwanese aboriginal groups in general or to any unreasonable persons, although the same word, Huan-a, means differently in other Hokkien-speaking communities, such as in Fujian (Mainland China), the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, etc.
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