Hmong Daw in United States



Population

178,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


The Miao

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Identity

The Hmong Daw (called "White Miao" by the Chinese) take their name from the traditional color of their women's skirts. However, "In many locations in China the Hmong Daw have adopted the dialect and clothing styles of other Hmong groups, most notably the Light Hmong [Hmong Leng] but in more remote areas ... the dialect is still very strong and 'pure.'"


History

The Hmong Daw are scattered throughout southern China and Southeast Asia as a result of Chinese military attacks. The conventional method of these wars was to besiege the Hmong [Miao] from three sides, leaving only mountains to the west open to escape. "The defeated Miao retreated through the hills ... relying on their matchless climbing skills. This explains a Miao inclination to describe the west as a desirable destination." A traditional Hmong rhyme says, "Over the western mountains of ten thousand cloud-capped crags and over the cliff, will be a paradise; over the peaks will be flourishing life."


Customs

Hmong Daw women are skilled embroiderers. Mothers teach their daughters these skills at an early age.


Religion

For centuries the Hmong Daw were animists, living in fear of the spirits around them. Few Hmong Daw in China had heard the gospel, although many churches were established among their relatives in Thailand and Laos. In 1993 an old Hmong Daw man heard his language being spoken while tuning his radio. Soon thousands of Hmong Daw were listening to the gospel broadcasts daily, learning about Christ and the path of salvation. After a few months, 18 villages in southern China turned en masse to Christ. Thousands of people reported receiving a "new heart."


Christianity

In 1919 missionary Gladstone Porteous wrote, "Quite recently the White Miao [Hmong Daw] have shown interest in the Gospel. ... [They asked] for an evangelist to go with them, and help them to burn up their objects of demon worship and teach them the Gospel." Radio broadcasts have proven to be a highly effective tool for evangelizing the Hmong Daw. In the mid-1950s hundreds of Hmong Daw in Laos came to Christ as a result of radio broadcasts. The recent "radio revival" has been fueled by the delivery of Bibles in their language.


Profile Source:   Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Hmong Daw (Hmong-Doh)
People Name in Country Hmong Daw
Population in United States 178,000
World Population 1,472,000
Countries 7
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bai Hmong, Bai Miao, Guiyang Southern, Hmong, H'mông (Mèo), Hmong Der, Hmong Qua Mpa, Hmu, Lao-Soung, Man Trang, Meo Do, Meo Kao, Meo Trang/Kao, Miao, Mieu Toc, Mong, Peh Miao, Southern Guiyang, Striped Hmong, Striped Miao, White Hmong, White Lum, White Meo, White Miao
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Miao / Hmong
People Name General Hmong Daw (Hmong-Doh)
Ethnic Code MSY47a
People ID 12112
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hmong Daw (178,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hmong Daw 178,000

For Main Lanugage: Hmong Daw


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1922-1984)
New Testament Yes   (1975-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Hmong Daw Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
35.00 %
Ethnic Religions
65.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
90.0 %
Photo Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Anonymous  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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