Han Chinese, Shaozhou in China

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

Population

1,061,000

Christian

1.2%

Evangelical

1.1%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Copyright © Operation China, Paul Hattaway


Identity

The northern Guangdong area has been a crossroads for migrating peoples through the centuries. This has forced a wide range of influences upon the Shaozhou Chinese, resulting in their language being distinct from other Han groups.


History

The Taiping Rebellion (1851-1864): The Taiping Rebellion started in 1851 when the Manchu government tried to ban a movement in the south of China headed by Hong Xiuquan. Hong believed he was the brother of Jesus Christ and gathered a large number of followers with claims that he was on a mission from God to build a "Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace." They smashed Buddhist and Daoist temples and abolished slavery and foot-binding. By 1853 they had captured the south of China and had grown to an army of 600,000 men and 500,000 women. The army were only allowed to adhere to the Taiping version of Christianity and were not allowed to smoke, drink, or gamble. In 1864 a multinational army attacked the Taiping base at Nanjing, completely slaughtering the rebels and abruptly ending the movement.


Customs

The Shaozhou Chinese are a part of the huge Han nationality. The Han generally consider themselves culturally superior to the minority groups of China. One government publication arrogantly points out, "The Han ... are more developed than the minorities in the political, economic and cultural spheres."


Religion

In 1900 many Chinese, outraged by foreign domination of its ports, caused the antiforeigner Boxer Rebellion to break out. Missionaries and their Chinese converts were especially focused on. In Shanxi alone, 159 missionaries were massacred.


Christianity

In addition to the hundreds of foreign missionaries killed by the Boxers, some 32,000 Chinese Christians were butchered. A London Times reporter in Beijing described the carnage: "As darkness came on, the most awful cries were heard in the city, most demonical and unforgettable, the cries of the Boxers - 'Sha kuei-tzu' (kill the devils) - mingled with the shrieks of the victims and the groans of the dying. For Boxers were sweeping through the city, massacring the native Christians and burning them alive in their homes."



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

People Name General Han Chinese, Shaozhou
People Name in Country Han Chinese, Shaozhou
Population in China 1,061,000
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Shaozhou, Shaozhou Tuhua
Affinity Bloc East Asian Peoples
People Cluster Chinese
People Name General Han Chinese, Shaozhou
Ethnic Code MSY42a
Country China
Continent Asia
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Approximately 930,000 speakers of Shaozhou Tuhua - or "Shaozhou native speech" - live in northern Guangdong Province, and possibly in the adjacent areas of Hunan and Jiangxi. The Shaozhou are spread across eight counties of northern Guangdong: Lianxian, Liannan, Lechang, Ruyuan, Qujiang, Shaoguan, Renhua, and Nanxiong.
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chinese, Min Nan: Chaozhou (1,061,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chinese, Min Nan: Chaozhou 1,061,000
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Amoy Bible
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chinese, Min Nan
General Four Spiritual Laws
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Largest Religion Non-Religious
Buddhism
25.00%
Christianity
1.2%    ( Evangelical  1.1% )
Ethnic Religions
35.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
38.80%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
87.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
1.00%
Roman Catholic
12.00%
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
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