Chinese in Kyrgyzstan

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Kyrgyzstan and China share a common border, and people have moved from one side to the other for hundreds of years. During the 1200s when the Mongol Empire was at it's peak, Chinese artisans moved to what is now Kyrgyzstan. In the early 20th century Chinese and other ethnic groups moved to Kyrgyzstan's Ferghana Valley to work in coal mines and cotton mills. Other Chinese went there in the 1950s to escape the excesses of the Great Leap Forward until the USSR stopped them a couple of years later. In the late 1980s as the USSR was becoming weaker, more Chinese businessmen began to arrive in this Soviet Socialist Republic.

Where Are they Located?

There are Han Chinese people all over the world. They are famous for owning businesses and working hard.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are both Chinese businessmen and common laborers in Kyrgyzstan. Common Kyrgyz workers have trouble competing with cheap Chinese labor, so they often have to move elsewhere to find employment. Chinese businessmen have been accused by the Kyrgyz of giving priority to other Chinese for higher-paying positions. For these reasons, there is a lot of resentment against the Chinese in Kyrgyzstan. Chinese businesses are currently building roads through Kyrgyzstan in hopes of producing a new "Silk Road" for foreign trade. Most likely, there will be more Chinese in Kyrgyzstan in the years to come.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Chinese are notoriously pragmatic when it comes to spiritual matters. They worship ancestral spirits in hopes of being blessed economically and to have good luck. These beliefs mix with a complex blend of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. There are some believers among the Chinese in Kyrgyzstan who might be able to share Jesus with them.

What Are Their Needs?

The Chinese in Kyrgyzstan need acceptance. They are faced with a hostile majority population.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Chinese, general in Kyrgyzstan.

* Pray for spiritual hunger and discernment among the Chinese people who often view the spiritual realm as merely a means to an end.
* Pray that Chinese believers will spend as many years as it takes to establish a church planting movement among the Chinese in Kyrgyzstan.
* Pray for the Chinese in Kyrgyzstan to begin a disciple making movement that will affect the Muslim Kyrgyz majority.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Chinese, general
People Name in Country Chinese, general
Natural Name Chinese
Population this Country 1,000
Population all Countries 15,579,000
Total Countries 63
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names चाइनीस, जनरल
People ID 19206
ROP3 Code 115066
Country Kyrgyzstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Kyrgyzstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Chinese, Mandarin
Language Code cmn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Chinese, Mandarin
Language Code cmn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
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  (1823-2018)
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 Christ for the Nations
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Traditional (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus film: view in Mandarin Chinese
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
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
64.87 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
4.43 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
6.86 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
23.84 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Ming Xia - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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