Cantonese in Cambodia


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

The Cantonese are a subgroup of the Han Chinese. Cantonese and Mandarin (the language of the Han Chinese) are mutually unintelligible. Although they speak different languages and dialects, all Chinese people in China use the same written script. Cantonese speakers can be read something written by a Mandarin speaker for example.
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.
Some Cantonese came to live in Cambodia to escape war and to engage in business. Before 1975 tens of thousands of Cantonese speakers lived in Cambodia. Some of them were able to escape the Khmer Rouge and others were killed as undesirable foreigners. The communist Khmer Rouge ruled from 1975 to 1979 and murdered up to a quarter of the population. Today Cambodia is officially a constitutional monarch but is actuality a one-party authoritarian state.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Cambodia, the Cantonese speak their own language at home and Khmer or Mandarin at work.
Many Cantonese in Cambodia own restaurants and feature a fusion of southern Chinese, French and Cambodian cuisine. Other Cantonese work in the growing tourist trade, in finance or as managers in factories.
Cambodia is classified as a "least developed" nation by the UN, yet it has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The Chinese are investing billions of dollars through the Belt and Road Initiative. Some of the poorer Cambodians resent the relative wealth and status of the Cantonese Chinese in their country.
The Cantonese of Cambodia strive to maintain their language and distinct culture. They send their children to private Chinese schools. Cantonese parents want their children to obtain a university education and attend colleges in China, Europe or North America. The Cantonese tend to have smaller families than the Khmer majority in Cambodia.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Cantonese have continued to be one of the most openly religious of all Han Chinese peoples. Most homes have spirit altars. The Cantonese also observe Taoist and Buddhist festivals.
Today there are at least 1.2 million Cantonese Christians in China but only a small number in Cambodia are believers. There are many Christian resources in Cantonese including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.


What Are Their Needs?

The Cantonese in Cambodia tend to be materialistic in their lifestyle. The Cantonese focus on producing wealth, believing that money will make them happy. The Cantonese must understand that they are sinners in need of a savior. Only the Lord can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

Pray the few believers among the Cantonese of Cambodia can find fellowship and grow in the faith.
Ask the Lord to send workers to the Cantonese of Cambodia and to direct them to persons of peace with whom to share the gospel.
Ask God to place a hunger for truth in the hearts of the Cantonese of Cambodia and to reveal his word to them as truth.
Pray that the Lord would establish a growing, multiplying church among the Cantonese of Cambodia in this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Han Chinese, Cantonese in Cambodia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Han Chinese, Cantonese
People Name in Country Han Chinese, Cantonese
Natural Name Cantonese
Pronunciation can-tun-EEZ
Alternate Names Baihua; Cantonese; Guangdong Hua; Guangxi; Gwong Dung Waa; Hakka; Han Chinese; Hoa (Hán); Macau Chinese; Nung; Punti; Totok; Yuet; Yuh
Population this Country 24,000
Population all Countries 79,840,000
Total Countries 36
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12057
ROP3 Code 103701
ROP25 Code 301734
ROP25 Name Chinese
Country Cambodia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Battambang and Kampong Cham provinces.   Source:  Ethnologue 2020
Country Cambodia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Battambang and Kampong Cham provinces..   Source:  Ethnologue 2020
Map of Han Chinese, Cantonese in Cambodia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
37.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
57.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Chinese, Yue (24,000 speakers)
Language Code yue   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chinese, Yue (24,000 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)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chinese, Yue Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Mobile App Android Bible app: Chinese, Yue YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Chinese, Yue YouVersion Bibles
Photo Source Karolien Taverniers - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: Web research. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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