The list is based on patrilineality (ancestry on the paternal side regardless of maternal ancestry or the different degrees of ancestry) which the Chinese culture practises. In Chinese terms, it refers to one's dialect group (Chinese: 籍贯). People whose maternal side are Hakka and who have publicly identified themselves as Hakka are included. The list also include descendants of overseas Hakkas who have inter-married with other ethnicities and other Han-Chinese groups. In both cases, information on their backgrounds are found under Description but is not complete.