The Nung are an ethnic minority in Vietnam. In China, the Nung, together with the Tay, are classified as Zhuang people. The population of the Nung is estimated to be more than 700,000. They are located primarily in the provinces of Bac Giang, Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Thai Nguyen, and Tuyen Quang. The Nung support themselves through agriculture, such as farming on terraced hillsides, tending rice paddies, and growing orchard products. They produce rice, maize, tangerines, persimmons and anise. They are also known for their handicrafts, making items from bamboo and rattan, as well as weaving. They engage in carpentry and iron forging also. Prominent Nung persons include Kim Dong of the August Revolution in 1945. The Nung language is part of the Tai language family; its written script was developed around the 17th century. It is close to the Zhuang language. When drinking alcohol, partakers cross hands and drink from the opposite glass to demonstrate trust.
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