Burmese in United States

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Burmese are the political, economic and religious leaders of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. During the 1960s Burmese political refugees began settling in the United States. These were people that had fled the brutal military regime that ruled Myanmar. There have been many waves of immigrants to the U. S. from Myanmar in the last 60 years, but almost all of these people are not ethnic Burmese, also called Bama. For this reason, it is hard to determine whether or not someone from Myanmar is actually Burmese. Sadly, one of the best ways might be to ask if they are Buddhist. The Burmese are almost all Buddhist, and those who have been forced to flee because of political or social unrest are usually Christians or Muslims.

Where Are they Located?

These people live in America's major urban centers with the largest communities being Minneapolis-St. Paul, Dallas-Ft. Worth, New York City, the SF Bay Area, and Greater Los Angeles.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Burmese in the United States often have their own Buddhist Temples despite their small size. They speak English, and Burmese is a diminishing second language for those who have been in the U. S. for many years.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Burmese have mixed Buddhist beliefs with animistic beliefs. Their animistic beliefs center around inherently evil spirits called nats. The Burmese spend their lives trying to appease the nats. Burmese homes often have altars for the spirits, as well as a statue of Buddha.

What Are Their Needs?

The Burmese Buddhists in the U. S. need someone to show them the way to the perfect, sin-free Savior who offers life to the full to all who call on His name!

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Burmese in United States.

Pray that the Burmese people in the U. S. will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driving by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a disciple making movement among them to begin this decade.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-05-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-05-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-05-18
People Name General Burmese
People Name in Country Burmese
Pronunciation burr-MEEZE
Population this Country 195,000
Population all Countries 32,284,000
Total Countries 19
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Bama; Bamar; Bamas; Burman; Man; Myan; Myan, Myen; Myanmas; Myen; Yaw; बर्मीज़
People ID 11029
ROP3 Code 101776
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Burmese (195,000 speakers)
Language Code mya   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Burmese (195,000 speakers)
Language Code mya   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Burmese

Primary Language:  Burmese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815-1985)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1832-1987)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Greater Love
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Freedom from Suffering
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Burmese
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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 Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language Bible
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
92.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
0.00 %
4.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
1.0 %
26.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
8.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2021  Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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