People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Print version:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Sinhalese in United States

Sinhalese

Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Send us a map of this people group in this country.
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
11,000 Sinhala Buddhism 4.00 % 1.20 % No   

Sinhalese in United States

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Introduction / History
Not all Sri Lankans are Sinhalese but about three-quarters are. In 1975, 432 Sri Lankans came to America to live. Many Sri Lankans came to America during the Sri Lankan civil war in the 1990s. They live in New York City which has the largest number of them, then central New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami. Sri Lankan Buddhists tend to live near others of them who are Buddhists while their Hindus usually live near other Hindus.

The second generation of Sri Lankans are used to the American culture. Parents often send their children to religious courses in the U.S.A.

What are their lives like?
The Sri Lankans eat curries, fish, rice, soup and vegetables for example. Coconut milk is a very important ingredient with regards their cooking of meals. They have holidays each month when there is a full moon. With Buddhists, May is the most important full moon holy day as Gautama Buddha was born and passed away then. Sinhala is the main language spoken amongst the Sinhalese.

The Goyigama Caste of the Sinhalese is the main one. Sri Lankan Americans do not use caste limitations when mixing with Americans. They live in single units but not with relatives. Relatives may come to live in the same community though.

Sri Lankan Americans are well educated and most have been to colleges. A lot of Sri Lankans who come to live in America do so because of better job opportunities. Many of them have their own businesses.

Cross cousin marriages are most favored. The preferred person for a man to marry is the daughter of the sister of his father and with the woman the favorite way to marry is with the son of the brother of her mother. Children can refuse the marriage partner chosen by their parents even though marriages are arranged. The Sri Lankans have nuclear families of husbands, wives and their children who are not married.

What are their beliefs?
Buddhists and Hindus as well as Muslims and Christians are found amongst the Sri Lankans.

References
www.everyculture.com/multi/Sr-Z/sri-lankan-americans.html

View Sinhalese in all countries.

Prayer Links  
PrayerGuard.net
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-05-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-05-20
  Submit Update:
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:New York (Tompkinsville)
(Source: Global Gates 2021)
   
 
Maps
Submit Map:
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
 
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Sinhalese
People Name General: Sinhalese
Alternate People Names:
CingaleseSingalese
SinghaleseSinhala
सिनलीज़
ROP3 Code: 109305
Joshua Project People ID: 14196
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 11,000
Population all Countries: 396,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Sinhalese
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Sinhala (11,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sin    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Sinhalese
Dialect Code:345
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism78.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 1.20 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism13.00 % 
Islam5.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: 1739-1966
New Testament:
1776-1991
Complete Bible: 1823-2009
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Sinhala
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Sinhala
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
 
 
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit LinkingGlobalVoices.org for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
 
Data Notes
Data Sources
 
 

Sinhalese in United States

Peoples
               
Geographic
Global                 Global
           
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
           
   
People Cluster
       
Region
   
    South Asia Buddhist     America, North and Caribbean    
     
People-Group-Across-Countries
   
Country
   
      Sinhalese United States    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Sinhalese in United States          
      Religion Language  
      Buddhism     Sinhala  
    Global    
Language
 
    All Religions                              
   
Religion
                             

Direct link:  http://legacy.joshuaproject.net/people-profile.php?peo3=14196&rog3=US