Liujia in China


Joshua Project has identified the Liujia only in China

Population

4,790

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Identity

At the time of the 1982 census the Liujia, who are also known as the Liujiaren, had not been classified under any of China's 56 official nationalities. In 1985, after further investigation, the Liujia were placed in the Han Chinese nationality. This decision was based on historical records which showed the Liujia were originally Han immigrants who moved to Guizhou. The Liujia, however, after living for centuries alongside minority peoples and absorbing many of their customs and identity, believe they are a minority group and are upset at being called Han.


History

One of the main reasons for the Liujia's opposition to being identified as Han Chinese results from the persecution and discrimination they have suffered from the Chinese over the centuries. The main bulk of Chinese settlers entered Guizhou between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. Before that time, with the exception of isolated cases such as the Liujia, Chuanlan, and Chuanqing peoples, Guizhou was inhabited entirely by tribal peoples. The later Han migrants also viewed the Liujia as a minority group, drove them off the best land into the remote mountains, and attempted to assimilate them by forbidding them to speak their own language or celebrate their festivals.


Customs

The Liujia possess their own traditional style of dress, similar to that of their minority neighbors. These days the dress is usually worn only for festivals and other special occasions, but it continues to make a statement that the Liujia do not consider themselves to be Han people. The Liujia have also absorbed other parts of minority culture, including food preparation and eating styles.


Religion

Liujia religious life consists of elements of ancestor worship, animism, and Daoism. Every home contains an ancestral altar on which incense and food is placed as an offering to the souls of their deceased relatives.


Christianity

The Liujia are believed to be an unreached people group with no known Christians in their midst. Catholic mission work dating back 300 years and Protestant mission work which commenced in 1877 have been carried out in various parts of Guizhou Province with mixed results, but the message of eternal life in Jesus Christ has yet to reach the ears of the Liujia people. Chinese Scriptures and gospel recordings in the Guizhou dialect are available.


Profile Source:   Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Liujia (Lee-u-jeeah)
People Name in Country Liujia
Population in China 4,800
World Population 4,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Liu, Liujiaren
Affinity Bloc East Asian Peoples
People Cluster Chinese
People Name General Liujia (Lee-u-jeeah)
Ethnic Code MSY42a
People ID 18561
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country More than 4,000 Liujia people inhabit villages in an unspecified part of western Guizhou Province in southern China. Guizhou has a reputation in China as one of the poorest and most backward areas of the nation. The soil is generally rocky and yields poor harvests. Famine and starvation have been problems for the province's inhabitants throughout history..   Source:  Operation China, 2000

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chinese, Mandarin (4,800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chinese, Mandarin 4,800
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1864-1986)
New Testament Yes   (1857-1981)
Complete Bible Yes   (1874-1983)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Christ for the Nations
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Simplified (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 Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Han Language Film
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chinese, Mandarin
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
General Bible Visuals
General Chinese Blog about Unreached Peoples

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
96.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
4.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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