Thai, Isan in United States


Population
84,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

he Northeastern Thai, also known as the Lao Isan, are dispersed throughout 17 provinces in northeastern Thailand. This area takes up nearly one third of Thailand's total land mass. It is basically a flat arid plain known as the Khorat Plateau with infrequent rainfall and few natural resources. The region is noted for its archeological relics and monuments dating back to Khmer influence under the Angkor wat regime.
Many of the present-day residents of the Khorat Plateau were forcibly relocated to this hostile region over a period of 100 years from the Lan Chang Kingdom in what is now Laos. Later the people, the region and their language was labeled by Siamese kings as Isan, meaning "northeast." Even though this region is now fully incorporated into Thailand and all residents are Thai, the Lao Isan language, unique diet, rituals and culture continues to thrive among this people group.


Where Are they Located?

In the US, ethnic groups from Thailand tend to stick together. There is a large Thai community in Greater Los Angeles, and the Northeastern Thai are among them.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Northeastern Thai Issan people work hard at restaurants and as students. They are not as prosperous as some Asian immigrants to the US, but they are much more prosperous than they were in Thailand. Their social interactions are mainly with Thai people, not Western Americans.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Northeastern Thai Issan are Theravada Buddhist. They follow the teachings of Gautama Buddha and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in their present lives. Ultimately, they are in pursuit of nirvana, or perfect peace. They believe that merit can be acquired through feeding monks, donating to temples, and frequently worshiping in the temples. They also practice traditional ethnic religions, but this is less likely for those who live in the West.


What Are Their Needs?

The Northeastern Thai Issan people need to have the opportunity to give Jesus a chance to change their lives. Unless someone clearly shows them the difference, they will continue to believe that Buddhism is for them and Christianity is for Westerners.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Northeastern Thai Isan people in the US to put their worth in God, not in the world system.
* Pray for a movement to Christ among the Northeastern Thai Isan people, both in North America and in Thailand.
* Pray that God will call forth teams of long term missionaries and intercessors who will commit to seeing Thai Isan people in the US begin their own disciple making movement.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/US
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15460/TH
http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Sr-Z/Thai-Americans.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_Americans
http://thaicdc.org/ourcommunity/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Thai, Isan
People Name in Country Thai, Isan
Population in United States 84,000
World Population 18,144,300
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Esan, Esarn, Isaan, Isan, Issan, Khon Tai, Lao Isan, Northeastern Tai, Northeastern Thai, Siamese, Tai Isan, Thai-Khorat
People ID 15460
ROP3 Code 109994

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Thai, Northeastern (84,000 speakers)
Language Code tts   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Thai, Northeastern
Primary Language Thai, Northeastern (84,000 speakers)
Language Code tts   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Thai, Northeastern

Primary Language:  Thai, Northeastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1985–1996)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2016)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Amazing Elee (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Thai, Northeastern
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Singkorn's Return (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
98.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Fritz Frankhauser, OMF Intl  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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