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Ngái people
Người Ngái
Ngái in Province Thái Nguyên
Total population
4,841 (1999)[1]
1,035 (2009)[2]
1,649 (2019)[3]
Regions with significant populations
Vietnam: Quảng Ninh, Thái Nguyên, Haiphong
Hakka Chinese, Vietnamese
Mahayana Buddhism
Related ethnic groups
Hakka people, Chinese Vietnamese

The Ngái (Vietnamese: Người Ngái) are a Hakka people in Vietnam and other nearby countries of Indochina, who originally come from southern China.[4] However they “have never considered themselves Hakka. Because no one, including Chinese people, knows how to categorize the Ngái people, they were simply categorized as Hakka”.[5] However, some younger Ngai today might refer to themselves as Hakka.

According to Vietnamese sources the Ngái people speak Hakka, a Sino-Tibetan language but are classified separately from the Hoa or urban ethnic "Overseas Chinese". Other sources claim that “the Hakka language is not similar to the Ngai language”.[5] According to official data, the Ngái population was 4,841 in 1999[1] but down only 1,035 in 2009 and up to 1,649 in 2019.[2][6][3]

See also


  1. ^ a b Official data from census of 1999, file 27.DS99.xls
  2. ^ a b Tổng điều tra dân số và nhà ở Việt Nam năm 2009: Kết quả toàn bộ. Hà Nội, 6-2010. page 134-225.
  3. ^ a b "Report on Results of the 2019 Census". General Statistics Office of Vietnam. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  4. ^ Người Ngái (Ngái people). Viet Nam Government Portal, 2015. Retrieved Apr. 2, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Ngai in Vietnam". Joshua Project. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ngái in Vietnam". Vietnam Tourism. Retrieved March 31, 2018.

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