• AFFINITY BLOC: EAST ASIAN PEOPLES


QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 310

Population: 1,590,683,480

Unreached people groups: 202

UPG population: 241,142,800

Unengaged UPGs: 83

UUPG population: 2,033,500

Number of clusters: 7

Number of countries: 104

 

Overview: One defining characteristic of the East Asian Peoples affinity bloc is the cultural influence of the Chinese on the other peoples in the region and vice versa. The Great Wall was built to keep out the peoples of the deserts and steppes to the north and west, and yet the Mongols and later the Manchu conquered and ruled China for many centuries. In return, however, China's wealth, power, technology, religion and learning deeply affected these invaders, and those who settled were soon assimilated into its culture. Aside from the Chinese, other major peoples included in the East Asian Peoples affinity bloc are the Japanese, Koreans, Manchu (who have largely assimilated with the Chinese but have retained some cultural distinction), and Mongolians (whose language is Turkic but whose cultural identity is more closely tied to the Chinese).

  -- Patrick Johnstone, The Future of the Global Church, p. 184.

People clusters: Chinese; Chinese-Hui; Japanese; Korean; Manchu; Mongolian; Taiwan Indigenous

Countries where they are found: Algeria; Angola; Argentina; Australia; Austria; Bahamas; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belgium; Belize; Bolivia; Botswana; Brazil; Brunei; Canada; Chile; China; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curacao; Czechia; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Fiji; France; French Guiana; French Polynesia; Germany; Greece; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kiribati; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Lesotho; Madagascar; Malaysia; Martinique; Mauritius; Mexico; Micronesia; Mongolia; Mozambique; Myanmar; Nauru; Nepal; Netherlands; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Nicaragua; North Korea; Pakistan; Panama; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Portugal; Reunion; Romania; Russia; Saint Lucia; Saudi Arabia; Seychelles; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Sri Lanka; Suriname; Switzerland; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Thailand; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Tuvalu; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; Venezuela; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe


People groups: 310

Population: 1,590,683,480

Unreached people groups: 202

UPG population: 241,142,800

Unengaged UPGs: 83

UUPG population: 2,033,500

Number of clusters: 7

Number of countries: 104