Chinese, general in Algeria


Population
34,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Han Chinese are the largest ethnic group in the world, numbering about 1.3 billion. Although the vast majority of them live in mainland China, many have immigrated to other countries, and today they reside in nearly every nation of the world, including Algeria, where they remain unreached with the gospel.

Most Han Chinese speak one of the many Chinese dialects. Although the dialects are very similar, the speakers of one Chinese dialect cannot understand the speakers of another.

The Han Chinese began fleeing to other countries in 1276, after the Mongol invasion. Many other upheavals and conflicts followed, and the Chinese continued to settle in other nations, particularly in Southeast Asia. Wherever they went, the Chinese settled almost exclusively in urban areas and became involved in business and commerce. Today, they are very influential in the economies of many of these nations, though they represent only a small percentage of the population.


Where Are they Located?

In Algeria, the Chinese are most likely to live in cities like Algiers. Algerians are not used to foreign workers in their country, so there has been some strife between the Algerians and the Chinese at times.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Diaspora Han Chinese continue to live primarily in cities. In a number of countries, many of them are businessmen. Their businesses range from small shops to international corporations. In Algeria, many of the Chinese are involved with infrastructure projects such as building mosques, roads, libraries, museums, and an airport. The Chinese are also sometime construction workers, which causes strife with Algerians who need jobs.

Many of the Han Chinese who live outside of China have maintained their culture and language to varying degrees, depending on the country in which they live. Except for those in Thailand, the Han Chinese continue to speak their various Chinese dialects. In most countries, the Diaspora Han Chinese have also continued living by their traditional Chinese customs, especially those regarding marriage and the family. Most of them have retained their traditional Chinese diet. One of the primary reasons they have kept their own languages and customs is because they have a deeply ingrained belief in the superiority of their culture.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Diaspora Han Chinese have generally maintained their traditional Chinese religion, which is characterized by a blending of philosophies. It has added elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism over the course of time. Their beliefs are centered around the concept of maintaining harmony. The Han Chinese consult horoscopes in an attempt to determine what course of action will promote harmony and bring good luck.

They also believe in a pantheon of spirits who inhabit the earth. The spirits of their ancestors supposedly roam the earth, and if treated properly, are benign and bring good luck. Ghosts are believed to exist as the spirits of people who are angry at the circumstances of their death; these spirits are said to be malicious and capricious.

Deities are supposedly the souls of people who lived especially virtuous lives. They are believed to have spiritual powers that can be used to benefit those who worship them.
Although the Han Chinese still claim adherence to these beliefs, they seem to have little effect on their everyday lives. In fact, many of them are non-religious in practice. A few Chinese have converted to Islam in Algeria.


What Are Their Needs?

The Chinese in Algeria need acceptance and friendship from those who will help them to find their way to freedom in Christ.


Prayer Points

* Pray for peace between the Chinese minority and the Arab majority in Algeria.
* Pray for the few Chinese believers in Algeria to be salt and light to their countrymen as well as to the Muslims around them.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to flourish among the Chinese in Algeria that will spread to the Algerian population.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12051/CH
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_people_in_Algeria
https://dragonstrail.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/algeria-china-community-affairs/
https://www.rnw.org/archive/chinese-algeria-work-quarrels-and-mixed-marriages
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/27/china-leads-algeria-construction-boom/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-12-25
People Name General Chinese, general
People Name in Country Chinese, general
Population in Algeria 34,000
World Population 8,903,100
Total Countries 52
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names
People ID 19206
ROP3 Code 115066
Country Algeria
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Algeria
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Chinese, Mandarin (34,000 speakers)
Language Code cmn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chinese, Mandarin
Primary Language Chinese, Mandarin (34,000 speakers)
Language Code cmn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chinese, Mandarin

Primary Language:  Chinese, Mandarin

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1864-1986)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1857-1981)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1874-1983)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Christ for the Nations
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Traditional (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Changed Lives (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus film: view in Mandarin Chinese
Film / Video Light of Revelation (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Open the Doors See the Mountains (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Path to Truth and Life (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video: View in Chinese, Mandarin
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Non-Religious
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
24.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.80 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
50.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
60.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
40.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Ming Xia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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