Min Dong Chinese in Singapore

Main Language
Largest Religion
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The Min Dong are part of the Min group of languages which are distinct from Mandarin and other Chinese varieties.


The Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589): China was reeling under the burden of war and had divided into two ruling kingdoms. Both the southern and northern kingdoms at this time were actually ruled by several different dynasties. In the fifth century the Tuoba tribe defeated all its opposition in the northern kingdom. New rulers solidified authority by introducing a land reform movement. Buddhism, introduced from India, flourished during this period.


Many Min Dong Chinese living along the coast are fishermen, earning their income from the bounty of the Taiwan Strait.


In the ancient past the Chinese appear to have had a sense of love, kinship, and filial feeling for Shang Di, the Creator God. Each year the emperor gave the following recitation as he sacrificed at the Temple of Heaven: "You hear us and regard us as a Father. I, your child, dull and unenlightened, am unable to show forth my dutiful feeling. Your sovereign goodness is infinite. As a potter, You have made all living things. Your sovereign goodness is infinite. Great and small are sheltered (by your love). With great kindness You did bear with us, and not withstanding our demerits, do grant us life and prosperity."


Generally speaking, the Min Dong have proven more receptive to Christianity than Chinese in other parts of the country. In the thirteenth century Marco Polo came across a large body of believers in Fugiu [now Fuzhou City]. "They had books ... found to be the words of the Psalter. ... And thus they had in a certain temple of theirs three figures painted, who had been three apostles of the seventy who had gone preaching throughout the world, and they said that those had taught their ancestors in that religion long ago, and that that faith had already been preserved among them for seven hundred years, but for a long time they had been without teaching and so were ignorant of the chief things." Dr. Nathan Site, an American Methodist, arrived in Fujian in 1866. He was the first missionary to Fujian in the modern Protestant era. Today there are at least 400,000 Min Dong believers, including more than 100,000 in Fuqing County alone.

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People Name General Han Chinese, Min Dong
People Name in Country Han Chinese, Min Dong
Natural Name Min Dong Chinese
Pronunciation Min-Dong
Alternate Names Eastern Min; Han Chinese; Min Dong
Population this Country 73,000
Population all Countries 10,627,000
Total Countries 7
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 18478
ROP3 Code 114085
ROP25 Code 301734
ROP25 Name Chinese
Country Singapore
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Scattered.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Singapore
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Scattered..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Non-Religious
Major Religion Percent
35.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
8.00 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
42.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Chinese, Min Dong (73,000 speakers)
Language Code cdo   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chinese, Min Dong (73,000 speakers)
Language Code cdo   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chinese, Min Dong

Primary Language:  Chinese, Min Dong

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1852)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1856)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1884-1912)
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chinese, Min Dong Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
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