8,000 in Myanmar (2007). Very few monolinguals. Not including 15,000 refugees in Thailand (2007 Thailand Burma Border Consortium). Population total all countries: 26,000.
Kayah State, Shadaw township, east of Thanlwin river. Also in Thailand.
Lower Eastern Kayah, Upper Eastern Kayah. Upper Eastern Kayah and Lower Eastern Kayah are mutually intelligible; Huai Sua Thaw village (Lower Eastern) is prestigious in both dialect groups. Difficulty understanding Western Kayah [kyu].
Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Shan [shn] and Central Thai [tha]. Central Thai used in education in permanent Kayah villages; Western Kayah [kyu] used in education in refugee camps. Also use Burmese [mya] among Buddhists and Roman Catholics; also use S’gaw Karen [ksw] among Baptists.
Buddhist, traditional religion, Christian.