People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Khmu of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 9,100

ROP3 Code: 114799
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Language: Khmu - (kjg)
Religion: Buddhism
Country of Origin: Laos

Majority Located Where

  Stockton-Lodi, CA - 2,900

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 600

Other locations needing populations include: San Pablo, CA; Santa Ana, CA; Oklahoma City, OK; Richmond, CA.

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Brief Profile

The Khmu, also spelled Khamu, Kemu, and Khammu, are an indigenous Southeast Asian people group who primarily came from northern Laos where they constitute one of the largest minority people groups. They came as refugees to the United States due to the Vietnam War.

Traditionally, they passed down their culture via the recital of stories around evening fires. The story-telling sessions involved the sharing of silver pipes (originally opium, but now predominantly tobacco). They also often tattooed themselves for both decorative and religious reasons. (To learn how the Khmu in the United States are preserving their cultural heritage, see Tayenh.)

The majority settled in California, which is home to the Khmu National Federation, Inc. located in San Pablo, the Khmu Community of Orange County, the Khmu Student Foundation, and the Khmu Catholic National Center.

The majority are Buddhist mixed with animistic beliefs and practices. However, another large percentage are Roman Catholics. A small percentage, around 3 percent, are evangelical Christians.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that evangelical Khmu will boldly share their faith in Christ with unreached Khmu in the United States and their traditional homeland.
  • Pray God will work in miraculous ways to reveal that Jesus Christ is the one and only mediator to the Creator God.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesStocktonStockton-LodiCA2,900
United StatesSaginawDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX600

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