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Vietnamese in Laos


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
120,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 9.00 % 1.80 %   

Vietnamese in Laos

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Introduction / History
More than 80,000 ethnic Viet people live in Laos. Their population is difficult to gauge, as many of them live scattered throughout the cities and larger towns of Laos, where they are traders, factory owners, and merchants. The Viet have a reputation as skilled and aggressive businessmen, somewhat similar to the Chinese in that regard.

One source states, "Vietnamese can be found in substantial numbers in all the provinces bordering Vietnam and in the cities of Vientiane, Savannakhet and Pakse. For the most part Vietnamese residents in Laos work as traders and small businesspeople, though there continues to be a small military presence in Xiangkhoang and Houaphan provinces."

The 1995 Lao census did not count the Viet as a distinct ethnic group, but did mention that there were 14,251 Vietnamese citizens within Laos at the time. Many of them prefer to maintain their Vietnamese citizenship while traveling in and out of Laos to conduct business. There has been a Vietnamese influence in Laos for many centuries, but only since the war in north Vietnam in the 1950s have large numbers crossed into Laos and formed their own communities.

By the year 2000 the population of ethnic Vietnamese in Vietnam will be close to 70 million. More than 1.5 million Vietnamese live in over 25 nations on six continents around the world. More than 850,000 Vietnamese live in the United States.

The Vietnamese, who call themselves Kinh or Jing have a long history. It is generally believed they were a collection of Mon-Khmer speaking groups who occupied areas primarily in north Vietnam around the time of Christ. About 500 years ago, the Vietnamese migrated to the southern extremities of the country, destroying the Chamba Kingdom in 1471.

Unlike the Lao, who follow the Theravada sect of Buddhism, the Viet mostly adhere to Mahayana (`Greater Vehicle') Buddhism. They also have a complex mix of religious influence including Daoism, animism, Caodaism and ancestor worship.

About 5,000 Viet in Laos profess to be Christians, of which most are Roman Catholics.

Prayer Points
* Pray the Catholic believers among the Viet in Laos would truly walk with God and be people of His Word.
* Ask God to give a vision for Laos to the church in Vietnam.
* Pray the influential Viet would be used by God to spread the Gospel to many parts of Laos.

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Country: Laos
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:20 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Xekong, Phongsali, Houaphan provinces, Vientiane City.
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Vietnamese
People Name General: Vietnamese
Alternate People Names:
Kinh (Việt)Viet
ROP3 Code: 105018
Joshua Project People ID: 12700
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 120,000
Population all Countries: 84,659,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Vietnamese
People Name General: Vietnamese
Ethnic Code: MSY52b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Vietnamese (120,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): vie    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism59.00 % 
Christianity9.00 %(Evangelical: 1.80 %)
Ethnic Religions9.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious17.00 % 
Other / Small6.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent8.00 %
Protestant14.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic78.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1890-1989
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1916-1994
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Vietnamese
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Story of Dong
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: Revised Vietnamese Version Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Vietnamese Bible 1934
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Vietnamese)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Vietnamese in Laos

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People Cluster
    Vietnamese     Asia, Southeast    
      Vietnamese Laos    
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