Today the Teochew diaspora of over 10 million is scattered across more than 40 countries and territories. Their number is almost the same as the Teochews residing in China.
Even away in foreign lands, the overseas Teochews adhered to their traditional values and kept their strong affinity for home. Regardless of location or occupation, they always sent a portion of their income, no matter how meagre, along with a letter to awaiting family members. This was done faithfully through community connections. This unique combination of remittance and correspondence is known as the Teochew Letters, or Qiaopi in Mandarin.