Cantonese in Thailand


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Introduction / History

The Cantonese are a subgroup of the Han Chinese. Cantonese and Mandarin are mutually unintelligible. They are separate languages not merely dialects of the same language. Cantonese contains up to nine tones compared to China’s national language, Mandarin, has only four. Although they speak different languages and dialects, all Chinese people in China use the same written script. The more than 30 Han Chinese language groups are considered by linguists to be mutually unintelligible languages. They are not merely dialects of the same language.

The large southern Cantonese majority city of Guangzhou has been continually inhabited for 2,200 years. The city has been the center of Cantonese civilization. In the 33rd year of the reign of Emperor Qin Shihuang (214 BC), the Nanhai Prefecture was established in today's Guangzhou. Large numbers of other Han Chinese came into the area. Guangzhou became home to large numbers of foreign merchants in the ninth century until the T'ang emperors lost control of it in AD 878.

The large southern city of Guangzhou—which has been continually inhabited for 2,200 years— has always been the center of Cantonese civilization. In the 33rd year of the reign of Emperor Qin Shihuang (214 BC), the Nanhai Prefecture was established in today's Guangzhou. Large numbers of Han flooded into the area. Guangzhou became home to large numbers of foreign merchants in the ninth century until the T'ang emperors lost control of it in AD 878.

The Cantonese speakers have gone far and wide since then; early Chinese migrants to the United States were usually Cantonese speakers. They are in a multitude of countries, including Thailand.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Commonly, Cantonese speakers are small shop owners all over the world, though they do many other things as well. Some are international businessmen.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Cantonese zealously observe Daoist and Buddhist festivals. In many places they are reached with the gospel, but not in Thailand or Myanmar. Even then, there is a Christian presence among them in these two countries.


What Are Their Needs?

Cantonese speakers in Thailand and Myanmar need to hear about the life-changing gospel.


Prayer Points

Pray for Cantonese speaking Christian believers to take the gospel to the Buddhists in Thailand and Myanmar.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead Cantonese speakers to the cross and the empty grave.

Pray for the Lord to give dreams to Cantonese speakers, leading to a movement to Christ in their families.


Scripture Prayers for the Han Chinese, Cantonese in Thailand.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
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People Name General Han Chinese, Cantonese
People Name in Country Han Chinese, Cantonese
Natural Name Cantonese
Pronunciation can-tun-EEZ
Population this Country 40,000
Population all Countries 81,393,000
Total Countries 36
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Baihua; Cantonese; Guangdong Hua; Guangxi; Gwong Dung Waa; Hakka; Han Chinese; Hoa (Hán); Macau Chinese; Nung; Punti; Totok; Yuet; Yuh
People ID 12057
ROP3 Code 103701
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Scattered in Suphan Buri province: north of Bangkok.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Scattered in Suphan Buri province: north of Bangkok..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Chinese, Yue (40,000 speakers)
Language Code yue   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chinese, Yue (40,000 speakers)
Language Code yue   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chinese, Yue

Primary Language:  Chinese, Yue

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1862-1903)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1877)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1894-1997)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chinese, Yue
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Open the Doors See the Mountains
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links
General Zúme Training
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Chinese, Yue
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Chinese, Yue
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
44.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
35.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
2.00 %
Non-Religious
14.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
52.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
28.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Photo Source Karolien Taverniers - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more