Wa

The Wa nationality (佤族), or the Va in the Wa language, lives mainly in compact communities in the Ximeng, Cangyuan, Menglian, Gengma, Lancang, Shuangjiang, Zhenkang and Yongde counties in southwestern Yunnan Province of China. Its population is 0.351 million.

The Wa people's spoken language belongs to Mon-Khmer of the Austroasiatic family. A written language was created for the Wa people in 1957.

The Wa form one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China.

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Wa (和 meaning "harmony") is a Japanese value to respect consensus over competition.

See also: Japanese culture, Japanese language


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