Yizi in China


Joshua Project has identified the Yizi only in China

Population

2,870

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Identity

Despite their similar names, the Yizi are not related to any of the Yi groups in China who are speakers of Tibeto-Burman languages. The Yizi are also known as Yiren or "Yi people," which further confuses the matter. In the 1950s the Yizi applied for recognition as one of China's official minority groups. They were rejected. At the time of the 1982 national census they still had not been classified and were included in a list of Undetermined Minorities. After some debate, the Yizi were placed under the Gelao nationality in 1985. The Yizi, who have a separate ethnicity from the Gelao, are not entirely happy with this decision. They view themselves as different from all other groups in China. The Yizi may call themselves Wo. The Miao call them Ke; the Han call them Yizi; and the Gelao know this group as Yipu.


History

Although today there are less than 2,000 ethnically distinct Yizi remaining, during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) they were recorded to have a population of more than 20,000. During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) the Yizi were considered a Yi group, even though they have never claimed to be Yi themselves. Today, most Yizi have been assimilated to Han and Yi culture.


Customs

Most Yizi are now sedentary agriculturists, but before the advent of Communism in 1949 they were renowned and feared throughout the region as a fierce people. Still today, neighboring peoples despise the Yizi and claim they are all thieves.


Religion

Some of the more remote communities of Yizi are animists, although in most places now only the elderly continue to observe animistic rituals and appease spirits. Ancestor worship is a common thread that ties the Yizi together. The Yizi in different locations have the same ancestors. At least three times each year a ceremony is held to honor the spirits of those family members who have gone before.


Christianity

Because of a lack of specific information about the Yizi, it is not known if there are any Christians among them. It is possible they do include believers, however, because of the high density of Christians in the Bijie area of Guizhou Province especially among the AHmao, Gha-Mu, and the various branches of the Yi nationality. Samuel Pollard is credited for being used by God to bring the gospel to the people in the northeast Yunnan and northwest Guizhou areas. Pollard labored sacrificially among several people groups, seeing thousands come to Christ.


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

People Name General Yizi (Yee-zee)
People Name in Country Yizi
Population in China 2,900
World Population 2,900
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ke, Wo, Yipu, Yiren
Affinity Bloc East Asian Peoples
People Cluster Chinese
People Name General Yizi (Yee-zee)
Ethnic Code MSY42a
People ID 18729
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country The 1982 Chinese publication Minzu Shibie Wenxian Ziliao Huibian listed a population of 1,500 Yizi people living in southern China. Despite their tiny population, the Yizi are distributed in three different provinces. The majority are located in Bijie County of northern Guizhou Province. Smaller numbers live in nearby Zhenxiong County in Yunnan Province and in Gulin County in Sichuan Province..   Source:  Operation China, 2000

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chinese, Mandarin (2,900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chinese, Mandarin 2,900
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

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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