San Diu in Vietnam

Joshua Project has identified the San Diu only in Vietnam





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The San Diu of Vietnam speak a Chinese Guandong dialect that belongs to the Sino Tibetan language. They are supposed to have come from Guandong in China to Vietnam about three or four hundred years ago. They live mainly in the Quang Ninh Province.

The San Diu grow rice and maize and they cultivate preferably in fields that are dry. They mostly eat rice. They live in cottages in villages. Every village has an elected leader to look after them.

With marriages, parental approval is needed with the San Diu. They have rituals for both marriages and funerals. When the San Diu build a house, others of their group come and help. The owner of a house invites an elder to bring fire, seeds and a lime pot to the home.

The San Diu have festivals that they celebrate. They worship ancestors, the shaman and the Kitchen god. An incense bowl is used to worship the dead. They also worship earth spirits.

The San Diu use the lunar calendar. They like singing a lot. There is an opportunity for missionaries who like singing to maybe make friends with them.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the leaders of the San Diu will come to salvation and lead others among them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation too.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General San Diu
People Name in Country San Diu
Population in Vietnam 151,000
World Population 151,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Yao-Mien
People Name General San Diu
Ethnic Code MSY47b
People ID 20050
Country Vietnam
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread in north highland regions; Dac Lak Province south.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Iu Mien (151,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Iu Mien 151,000
For Primary Language: Iu Mien

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1932-1996)
New Testament Yes   (1975-1991)
Complete Bible Yes   (2008)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Mien Bible (Lao Script) Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Mien Bible (New Roman Script) Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Mien Bible (Old Roman Script Script) Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Mien Bible (Thai Script) Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Iu Mien Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.34 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
99.50 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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