Tay in United States

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Introduction / History

When Vietnam was in chaos at the end of the 1700s, several ethnic groups united with groups of Thai speaking peoples. These people became known as the Tho. Today, they are regarded as an official minority in Vietnam. They prefer to be known as "Tay," since the term "Tho" is now considered derogatory.

Through the decades, a small number of the Tay people have moved to France and the United States. The largest number emigrated when Vietnam became fully communist in 1975. That leaves them plenty of time to become somewhat assimilated.

The vast majority of them still live in Vietnam where they are a prominent minority group in the northern regions. The Tay people in France are most likely to be found in Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, or Toulouse. There is a small number of them in the United States where they blend in with the larger Vietnamese population.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Unlike many other immigrant groups, the Tay people and their cousins, the Vietnamese, have been in the United States so long that they are largely assimilated. The younger generations are far more American than they are Tay or Vietnamese.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Traditionally, most Tay villages had temples where they worshipped a multitude of gods associated with earth, water, fire, and important ancestors. Many of them adopted Buddhism because of the influence of the people around them in Vietnam. It has been decades since the Tay people migrated to the United States, so the window of opportunity to reach them when they are spiritually open is closed. In the United States, however, they are far more reached with the gospel than they are in either Vietnam or France.

What Are Their Needs?

The Tay people need to put their identity and their hope in the person of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray for the few Tay Christian believers in the US to take Christ to those who remain without a gospel witness.

Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Tay towards Jesus Christ so they will want him no matter what it costs.

Ask the Lord to raise up strong Bible believing churches among the Tay in the United States.

Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among the Tay people, both in Vietnam and in the United States.

Scripture Prayers for the Tay in United States.

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People Name General Tay
People Name in Country Tay
Pronunciation tay
Alternate Names Kha Phong; Moung; Nha Lang; Phen; Tai Tho; Tai-lo; Takarir; Tày; Thai; Tho; To; T'o
Population this Country 700
Population all Countries 1,889,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15309
ROP3 Code 109909
ROP25 Code 308023
ROP25 Name Tay
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
78.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Tay (700 speakers)
Language Code tyz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tay (700 speakers)
Language Code tyz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tay

Primary Language:  Tay

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1938–1979)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2017)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2022)
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