Phowa, Labo


A language of China

Alternate Names
Asaheipho, Asahopho, Ekhepho, Labopho, Pho, Phula, White Phu, Zemapho

17,000 (Pelkey 2011), decreasing. Ethnic population: 21,000.


Yunnan Province, central, north-central and southeast Kaiyuan county, primarily in western Beige township; also in Mazheshao, Laozhai, Zhongheying, Yanggai, Mazheshao, and Lebaidao townships.

Language Maps
Language Status

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


None known. Transitional with Hlepho Phowa [yhl].

Language Use

Dialects spoken in Kaiyuan County are most endangered. Home, village, market. All ages.

Other Comments

Traditional religion.