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Chinese, Min Dong

A language of China

ISO 639-3cdo

Population  8,820,000 in China (2000). Population total all countries: 9,134,060.
Region  Fujian, Fu’an in northeast to Fuzhou in east central. Also in Brunei, Indonesia (Java and Bali), Malaysia (Peninsular), Singapore, Thailand, United States.
Language map  Southern China
Alternate names   Eastern Min
Dialects  Fuzhou (Fuchow, Foochow, Guxhou). The prestige dialect is spoken in Fujian.
Classification  Sino-Tibetan, Chinese
A member of macrolanguage Chinese [zho] (China).
Language development  Highly literate in Chinese, and they use that literature. Bible: 1884–1905.
Comments  Most in China are classified as Han nationality.

Also spoken in:

Brunei

Language name   Chinese, Min Dong
Population  7,060 in Brunei (2006).
Dialects  Foochow.
Comments  Buddhist, Daoist, Christian.
 

Indonesia (Java and Bali)

Language name   Chinese, Min Dong
Population  20,000 in Indonesia (1982).
Alternate names  Min Dong
Dialects  Xinghua (Hsinghua).
 

Malaysia (Peninsular)

Language name   Chinese, Min Dong
Population  252,000 in Malaysia (2004).
Dialects  Foochow (Fuzhou).
 

Singapore

Language name   Chinese, Min Dong
Population  34,200 in Singapore (2000). Ethnic population: 31,391.
Region  Mainly in China.
Dialects  Fuzhou (Fuchow, Foochow, Guxhou).
 

Thailand

Language name   Chinese, Min Dong
Alternate names  Eastern Min
Dialects  Fuzhou (Fuchow, Foochow).
 

United States

Language name   Chinese, Min Dong
Population  800 in United States (2000 census). Identified as Fuchow in US Census.
Region  New York, Pennsylvania.
Alternate names  Eastern Min
Dialects  Fuzhou (Fuchow, Foochow).