12,500 (2008). Total users in all countries: 15,500.
Shan state: Hopang district, Pang Long area.
Endangered. Also use Shan [shn].
Latin script [Latn].
Related to Riang Lai [yin]. Included in official ethnic group list as Yin Net. Called Karen (’yin’ and ’yang’) by the Burmese [mya] and Shan [shn] due to their dress. Yin Net means Black Karen in Burmese. Not related to Kok Borok [trp] or Pa’o [blk]. Riang Lang [ril] and Riang Lai [yin] difference unknown but these have been treated as separate languages; traditionally, the two groups occupy different social and geographic space, and wear different traditional clothing styles. Buddhist, traditional religion.