Bunong of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 450

ROP3 Code: 101925
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Language: Central Mnong - (cmo)
Religion: Christianity - Protestant
Country of Origin: Cambodia

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Majority Located Where

  Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC - 250

  Greensboro-High Point, NC - 200

  Wilmington, NC - 7

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Brief Profile

The Bunong, also referred to as the Phnong, of Cambodia migrated to North America. They are one of several hill tribe groups that inhabit the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam border in their traditional forest homeland of eastern Cambodia.

In 1969-1970 Mondulkiri province, their traditional homeland, in Cambodia, fell under the Khmer Rouge control and as a consequence the Burong became a displaced people working for the Khmer Rouge in rice fields. Then in the 1980s as they were allowed to return to the traditional homeland some migrated to North America.

American Bunong are a tight-knit community. They have started an association with active programs to preserve their cultural identity. For more information, see Bunong Indigenous Community Association.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will work through and in the lives of American Bunong to grow in their understanding Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that the American Bunong will be light to their own people in the homeland and also other peoples in their homeland of Cambodia and Vietnam.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC250
United StatesGreensboroGreensboro-High PointNC200
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC7