Chinese, Min Dong


A language of China

Alternate Names
Eastern Min
平話‎ (Bangua), 闽东话‎ (Mindongyu)

8,820,000 (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Total users in all countries: 9,117,520.


Fujian province: Fu’an northeast to Fuzhou; Zhejiang province: border area near Luoyang.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Language of recognized nationality: Han.


Fuzhou (Foochow, Fuchow, Guxhou). The prestige dialect is spoken in Fujian. A member of macrolanguage Chinese [zho].

Language Use

All ages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 91% (2000 census, Han nationality). Highly literate in Chinese, and they use that literature. Literature. Bible: 1884–1905.

Han script, Simplified variant [Hans], used since 1987. Han script, Traditional variant [Hant]. Latin script [Latn], devised and revised to final form during late 19th century.

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