Kim Mun


A language of China

Alternate Names
Chasan Yao, Gem Mun, Hainan Miao, Jim Mun, Jinmen, Kem Mun, Kimmun, Lan Tin, Lanten, Lowland Yao, Man Lantien, Men, Mun, Shanzi Yao

200,000 in China (Wang Fushi and Mao Zhongwu 1995). 61,000 in Hainan Province (2000 census). Population total all countries: 374,500.


Yunnan Province, 17 counties; Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, 13 counties; Hainan Province, 7 counties. Also in Laos, Viet Nam.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Dao Ho, Dao Quan Trang. Not intelligible with Iu Mien [ium]. Lexical similarity: 78% with Iu Mien [ium], 67% with Biao-Jiao Mien [bje], 59% with Dzao Min [bpn].

Language Development
Latin script.
Other Comments

Officially classified within Yao nationality, except on Hainan Island, where speakers are officially classified within Miao nationality. The largest Yao group after Iu Mien. Daoist.

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