Han Chinese, Shaojiang in China

Joshua Project has identified the Han Chinese, Shaojiang only in China





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The members of the Shaojiang Chinese language group are considered part of the Han Chinese nationality, but they speak a language not understood by any other Chinese people.


The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644): Until 1420 the Ming Dynasty rulers used Nanjing as its capital, until Yongle, the second Ming emperor, reestablished the capital in Beijing, where it has remained until today. China slowly found its feet again after the violent reign of the Mongols. The first Ming emperor, Hongwu, is remembered for putting to death 10,000 scholars and their families in two purges. For the first time, China became a maritime nation. Zhang He "undertook seven great expeditions that took him and a huge fleet to Southeast Asia, Persia, Arabia and even eastern Africa." Corruption, famine, and costly wars against the Japanese brought the country to bankruptcy and sparked an uprising that toppled the government.


The various peoples of Fujian were once considered extremely savage. Marco Polo, describing his travel through the interior of Fujian, wrote, "The people in this part of the country are addicted to eating human flesh, esteeming it more delicate than any other. ... When they advance to combat they throw loose their hair about their ears, and they paint their faces a bright blue color. ... They are a most savage race of men, inasmuch that when they slay their enemies in battle, they are anxious to drink their blood, and afterwards they devour their flesh."


Many elderly Shaojiang follow Buddhist and Daoist teachings, while most Shaojiang youth are atheists.


The first Catholic missionary in China was John of Montecorvino, who constructed a magnificent church in Beijing in 1299. The jealous Nestorians called John a "spy, magician, and deceiver of men." By 1305 he had won 6,000 converts. John claimed, "and if not for the above-named slanders I should have baptized more than 30,000." One historian states, "Almost single-handedly [John] established the Roman Catholic faith in the capital of the mightiest empire of his time." At the time of his death in 1328, there were 100,000 Catholic converts across China.

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

People Name General Han Chinese, Shaojiang (Shaow-jung)
People Name in Country Han Chinese, Shaojiang
Population in China 988,000
World Population 988,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Shaojiang
Affinity Bloc East Asian Peoples
People Cluster Chinese
People Name General Han Chinese, Shaojiang (Shaow-jung)
Ethnic Code MSY42a
People ID 18482
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country A 1987 study listed 745,000 members of the Shaojiang Chinese language group. Because of the careful implementation of China's one-child policy, the Shaojiang population growth has slowed in recent years. Their numbers are expected to be approximately 870,000 by the turn of the century and 984,000 by the year 2010. Compared to other Chinese language groups, the Shaojiang live in a relatively small geographical area. The majority are located in Shaowu, Guangze, Jiangle, and Shunchang counties. All four counties are situated west of the Futunxi River in northwest Fujian Province..   Source:  Operation China, 2000

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chinese, Mandarin (988,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chinese, Mandarin 988,000

For Main Lanugage: Chinese, Mandarin

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1864-1986)
New Testament Yes   (1857-1981)
Complete Bible Yes   (1874-1983)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Christ for the Nations
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Simplified (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Traditional (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Han Language Film
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chinese, Mandarin
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Chinese Blog about Unreached Peoples
Primary Religion: Non-Religious

Major Religion Percent
25.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.70 %)
4.30 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
40.70 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
90.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
9.0 %
Photo Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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