It's notbut ratherMINNAN (BÂN-LÂM 闽南)
BÂN-LÂM 闽南 (MINNAN)
BÂN-LÂM 闽南 is a new name for the concept in the language itself. The longstanding English name is "Hokkien". Another longstanding name is Hoklo, or Holo. What the hell is a "Minnan"?
Thank you for your comments.
Two issues here.
What is Hokkien? What is Minnan?
What is Hokkien?
Hokkien means Fujian in Mandarin, right?
It China, Hokkien means peoples who come from the Province of Fujian (or Hokkien).
In Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei etc, "The Hokkien Hoay Kuan (The Hokkien Association)", the member incorporates all the descent or peoples originated from Fujian (Hokkien) Province. It means peoples like Hoklo/Hō-ló/Hokkien, Hockchew(Mingdong), Putian, Hinghua, Minxi, Minbei, Hakka(sometimes included). That is the definition of Hokkien descent in common parlance. Because the Hokkien/Minnan are the majority spoken language and populations, sometimes Hokkien (also commonly known as Hoklo) represent Fujian. But Teochew-nang and Hailam-nang (Hainanese) are not included as Hokkien-lang.
In fact in Taiwan, they had discontinue using the term “Hokkien". Instead they use only the term Hoklo/Hō-ló, Minnan/Banlam or Taiwanese/Taigi for the Hokkien language/descent.
What is Minnan(BanLam)?
Some language expert in China, through research had found out that Minnan (Banlam) is the branch consisting of many dialects. Minnan is a new term coined in China to represent all the people speaking the similar/same language root similar to the language spoken in Taiwan and Quanzhou–Zhangzhou-Xiamen (Chinchew+Changchew+Amoy); which include Teochew, Hainanese, Leizhou/Qiongwen plus few others, due to migration from "the Minnan Triangle ((Chinchew+Changchew+Amoy)” due to poverty and overpopulations in the past. For better understanding of the term “Minnan/Banlam", I suggest you read the reference source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnan) or/and read "the Minnan Relationship Chart" thread again in this forum.
However, I will continue to use the term Hokkien and Minnan (Banlam) alternatively to represent the people and language from the "the Minnan Triangle ((Chinchew+Changchew+Amoy)” due to familiarity, even though the term may be misrepresented/misunderstood by some readers esp from China and overseas.
"Hokkien" are the common term probably use only in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei to represent Holo/Hoklo peoples from "the Minnan Triangle region".