The Asho Chin are part of the great Chin race of Myanmar and India. There are approximately 1.4 million Chin, speaking 19 distinct languages and more than 40 dialects. It is not known in what nationality, if any, the Asho Chin of China have been included by the authorities.
Chin history goes back to the dawn of time. "The Chins have a story of the Tower of Babel to account for the various clans that inhabit the range of hills ... and traditions of a deluge are found everywhere." In the past, whole communities of Asho Chin in Myanmar were decimated by malaria. Why this group of Asho Chin migrated from their Myanmar homeland to faraway China is not known.
The Asho Chin have many customs involving courtship and marriage. "All the marriageable girls have their own rooms where young men come courting at night. If a girl gets pregnant, the parents allow them to marry. If the girl's family agrees, they may demand five or six pigs or a couple of cows as a dowry."
Most Asho Chin are animists even though many of the other Chin groups in Myanmar have embraced Christianity. "The people are afraid of evil spirits and of the spirits of their dead ancestors. In order to appease the angry spirits, they offer sacrifices of cows, pigs, buffaloes, goats, dogs or chickens.
The status of Christianity among the Asho Chin in China is unknown. In Myanmar they were a completely untouched people group until native evangelists visited them in 1987: "The tribe was isolated from others - accessible only by dugout canoes, since there was not even a footpath or road to their villages. During the time the missionaries taught. 76 people invited Jesus into their lives." Gospel radio broadcasts are available in the Asho Chin language, but they are aimed at Myanmar and are probably not received in China.
|Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway Copyrighted © Used with permission|
|People Name General||Asho, Khyang|
|People Name in Country||Chin, Asho|
|Population in Myanmar (Burma)||170,000|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|GSEC||6 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Asho Chin, Sho, Southern Chin, चीन, अशो|
|Persecution Rank||28 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Bago division, Ayarwady division, Magaway division, Rakhine state and Yangon division Source: Local pastor|
|Primary Language||Chin, Asho (170,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||csh Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Dialect Code||5149 Global Recordings Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Chin, Asho|
Primary Language: Chin, Asho
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1954)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Chin, Asho|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 25.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|