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Cham, Eastern

A language of Viet Nam

ISO 639-3cjm

Population  72,900 in Viet Nam (2002). Population total all countries: 73,820.
Region  Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, Dong Nai provinces; Ho Chi Minh City. Also in United States.
Language map  Southern Viet Nam, reference number 17
Alternate names   Bhamam, Chiem, Chiem Thành, Tjam
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Malayo-Sumbawan, North and East, Chamic, Coastal, Cham
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Radio programs. Bible portions: 1973.
Writing system  Cham script. Latin script.
Comments  An official ethnic community. Remnants of a once-powerful kingdom. Austro-Asiatic influences. Agriculturalists. Traditional religion, Hindu, Christian.