A language of China

Alternate Names
Bisu, Guba, Lawmeh

1,600 (2007), decreasing. 240 Laopin (Bradley 2007). Ethnic population: 5,000 (Bradley 2007). Ethnic population does not include Laopin.


Yunnan Province, Lancang, Menglian, and Ximeng counties. Laopin dialect: Menghai county, Mengzhe township, Van Phin (Laopinzhai) village.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Lahu.


Laopin. Reportedly similar to Pyen [pyy] and Bisu [bzi]. Lexical similarity: 93%–95% between Laopin and Laomian, 88% with Bisu [bzi] in Thailand.

Language Use

Use of Chinese [cmn] is increasing and leading to language shift. Home. Neutral attitudes. High levels of bilingualism in Lahu [lhu]. High levels of bilingualism in Chinese [cmn].

Other Comments

The name ‘Laomian’ is the Chinese derivation of the Lahu name ‘Lawmeh’.