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Deaf in Vietnam


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
736,000 Hanoi Sign Language Buddhism 9.43 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Vietnam

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Introduction / History
There are about 1,200,000 Deaf people in Vietnam, many of whom haven't gone to school due to poverty and a shortage of schools for the deaf. This means few Deaf people know how to read well, so when a Deaf person becomes a believer, understanding the Bible becomes a big challenge.

For this reason, the Vietnam Partnership program of the United Bible Societies is working on Scripture portions in sign language to help the Deaf in Vietnam learn the Bible through videoed stories. As there is no standardized sign language in Vietnam, the sign language in Hanoi has been selected for videoing. It is hoped that perhaps that variety will become a standard and also serve the people who sign the variety in Haiphong. There is another variety used in the south that is very different.

The Deaf translation team is made up of five people from the north who hope and pray that all Deaf people in Vietnam will see and understand the videos. The process includes reading the Bible, summarizing the story, drawing pictures to increase understanding, translating into sign language – which is very challenging when there is new term – and finally videoing the story.

Working on this project has been a spiritual blessing for each individual on the translation team. When the three year project is over, they hope to continue working together to evangelize the Deaf as they firmly believe that Scripture changes hearts.

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Country: Vietnam
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:25 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Scattered. Ha Noii.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
ROP3 Code: 114916
Joshua Project People ID: 19007
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 736,000
Population all Countries: 49,091,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Hanoi Sign Language
Language Code (ISO): hab    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Haiphong Sign Language (Unknown)Ho Chi Minh City Sign Lan (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism52.48 % 
Christianity9.43 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions8.85 % 
Hinduism0.07 % 
Islam0.08 % 
Non-Religious23.30 % 
Other / Small5.79 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Film / VideoTeam Vnslbt Sign Language Videos
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Deaf in Vietnam

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People Cluster
    Deaf     Asia, Southeast    
      Deaf Vietnam    
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            Deaf in Vietnam          
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      Buddhism     Hanoi Sign Language  
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