People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Vietnamese of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 1,842,393

ROP3 Code: 105018
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Vietnamese
Language: Vietnamese - (vie)
Religion: Buddhism - Mahayana
Country of Origin: Vietnam

Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 268,271

  San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA - 120,649

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 101,340

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 90,000

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 70,725

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Brief Profile

The Vietnamese immigrated to America in three major waves. The first wave came in 1975 after the end of the Vietnam War. This wave consisted of mainly highly educated families from the upper and middle class.

The second wave came in the 1980’s as thousands fled the oppressive communist regime on small boats. They later became known as the “boat people.”

The third wave occurred during the 1990’s and 2000’s through the U.S. Humanitarian Operation Program. This third wave consists primarily of family members of Vietnamese-Americans already in the country, former political prisoners, and children of American servicemen.

The Vietnamese have four main values: family devotion, striving for a good name, love for learning, and respect for all people. Ancestor worship is a central part of life. Children are taught that they owe everything to their parents and ancestors. They are expected to work hard to honor their family name. Education is also highly valued as a means of economic success and honoring the parents. Overall, the Vietnamese come from a diverse range of education and income levels. As a result of their work ethic and desire for prosperity, Vietnamese do everything they can to ensure material success, including seeking good luck from various charms and shrines.

Although most Vietnamese would not consider themselves followers of any religion, they basically adhere to Mahayana Buddhism as their traditional religion, mixed with indigenous Vietnamese religion (evidenced by the good luck charms). A large minority are also Roman Catholic.

Since the fall of South Vietnam, the North American Vietnamese Buddhist community has grown and continues to grow with over 200 temples and centers scattered throughout North America.

Buddhist monks commonly chant, recite Buddha’s names, and do acts of repentance at temples. Three services are practiced regularly at dawn, noon, and dusk. Laypeople join the services at the temple and some devout Buddhists practice the services at home. Special services take place on the full moon and new moon each month.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the salvation of the Vietnamese people.
  • Pray for the multiplication of Vietnamese churches.
  • Pray for a next generation of church planters from the Vietnamese community.
  • Pray for persons of peace among the Vietnamese families.

Learning Resources

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Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
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Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Bible - Vietnamese
The Biblica translation of the Bible for the Vietnamese language.

Online Talking Bible - Vietnamese
The purpose of Talking Bibles is to give non-readers and the blind access to the Bible in their native language.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesKCMOKansas CityMO8
United StatesDenverDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO15
United StatesJefferson City Jefferson CityMO25
United StatesGladstoneKansas CityMO25
United StatesLee's SummitKansas CityMO50
United StatesAshevilleAshevilleNC350
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC425
United StatesGreenvilleGreenvilleNC425
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC439
United StatesOdessaOdessaTX500
United StatesEl PasoEl PasoTX596
United StatesTylerLongview-TylerTX609
United StatesSchenectadyAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY699
United StatesColumbusColumbusOH769
United StatesWeslacoMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission-BrownsvilleTX900
United StatesPawtucketProvidence-WarwickRI937
United StatesBakersfieldBakersfieldCA1,029
United StatesDaytonDaytonOH1,145
United StatesBryantLittle Rock-North Little Rock-ConwayAR1,168
United StatesCorpus ChristiCorpus ChristiTX1,171
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN1,200
United StatesEast HavenNew Haven-MilfordCT1,210
United StatesBuffaloBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara FallsNY1,242
United StatesMilwMilwaukee-Waukesha-West AllisWI1,437
United StatesOmahaOmaha-Council BluffsNE1,666
United StatesAmarilloAmarillo-DumasTX1,670
United StatesAllentownAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA1,723
United StatesCarmelIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN1,847
United StatesFultondaleBirmingham-HooverAL1,905
United StatesFort SmithFort SmithAR2,000

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