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There are many Minnan(Hokkien) speakers among overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia as well as in the United States (Hoklo Americans).Many ethnic Han Chinese emigrants to the region were Hoklo from southern Fujian, and brought the language to what is now Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia (the former Dutch East Indies) and present day Malaysia and Singapore (formerly Malaya and the British Straits Settlements).Hokkien speakers form the largest group of overseas Chinese in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.Southern Fujian is home to three principal Minnan Proper (Hokkien) dialects: Chinchew, Amoy, Chiangchew, originating from the cities of Quanzhou, Xiamen and Zhangzhou(respectively).
The Taiwanese version mostly have origins with the Quanzhou and Zhangzhou variants, but since then, the Amoy dialect is becoming the modern prestige standard for the language.
Among ethnic Chinese inhabitants of Penang, and other states in Northern Malaysia and Medan, with other areas in North Sumatra, Indonesia, a distinct form of Zhangzhou Hokkien has developed.
In Penang, it is called Penang Hokkien while across the Malacca Strait in Medan, an almost identical variant is known as Medan Hokkien.
The Jìn court fled from the north to the south, causing large numbers of northern Han Chinese to move into Fujian region.
They brought the Old Chinese spoken in Central Plain of China from prehistoric era to 3rd century into Fujian.
Hokkien originated in southern Fujian, the Min-speaking province. It is closely related to Teochew, though it has limited mutual intelligibility with it, whereas it is more distantly related to other variants such as Hainanese and Leizhou dialect.