Overall, geography impacts cultural diversity in Southeast Asia fairly well. There are many Mountains separating certain groups and numbers of people. These mountains located in Southeast Asia separate these people, which in turn keeps each group of people’s customs, ideas, traditions, and cultures away, out of touch, and different from the pepole not located in the same general area. For example, farming may be better and more abundant in one area, while another area is full of markets and wide open space not limited to mountain ranges where farming is generally located. These geographical situations really impact cultural diversity because people generally work and create different customs based on where they live throughout time. For example someone living in sparsely populated mountain ranges will not go through the same daily routines as someone living in a densely populated landform with a massive city. One group of people that may argue against geography’s impact is Human and Sex Trafficking. People in Southeast Asia had to change some of their morals and customs to fit this unfortunate cause. More specifically the Kayan tribe. The women in this tribe wear neck rings to show beauty in their culture. What most people don’t know is the fact that they also see the rings as a way to make themselves look unattractive and unwanted for the people in the Sex slave business.
In Southeast Asia we can see the relationship between the geography and diversity, but how much does geography really affect it? Looking at a ten point scale I lean toward a seven. If you look at the governments you will see a communist in Vietnam and Combodia and then a democracy in Indonesia. If you didn’t look at the geography you’d say they’re different countries, of course they’re different. But, Inonesia and Vietnam has an ocean inbetween them. This can show how it would affect the diversity. Fashion, although known to separate countries like the U.S from the traditional Japanese dress, doesn’t really have a mind of its own. Mabey countries have influences from India, but here geography should be a factor, but it really isn’t. Arriving in the Kayan culture you see the long-necks. A sign of beauty for them, but too this is done to keep other countries away. The culture is right next to a large set of mountains, which can separate them from others. This is again showing us how their idea of beauty, which makes them different or diverse from is indeed affected by geography.
In Southeast Asia, geography greatly impacts the degree of diversity due to the natural boundaries which keep people apart. With many boundaries, cultures are able to flourish because they are isolated from the effect of other cultures. One of the boundaries which exist in Southeast Asia include the archipelagos of Indonesia and the Phillipines. They are isolated by the water of the ocean, keeping their culture stuck in one location. Another boundary is the mainland mountains which break up Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The mountains separate the bordering countries by altitude, making it as if they were thousands of miles away. Finally, the four major mainland rivers, the Irrawaddy, Salween, Chao Phraya, and Mekong, separate cultures on the mainland by putting water boundaries between groups of people. The cultural diversity can by seen in many examples. For example, getting food differed based on location. Countries with flat land near water, such as Thailand, have excellent farming opportunities, whereas countries like Mynmar have to use their water resources to fish due to an abundance of mountains which make farming difficult. Ethnic diversity is another example. Many groups such as the Khmers in Cambodia and the Lao in Lao are separated due to regional boundaries. Also, the more uninhabitable regions of Southeast Asia, such as in the mountains, tend to be home to ethnic minorities, as these areas can only hold so many people. In essence, the minorities are minorities because of where they live. Due to these factors, culture in Southeast Asia is greatly impacted by the diverse geographic boundaries.
From neck stretching to fake braces, elepolo to duckblood pudding, or traditional to modern family life, each part of the many diverse cultures in Southeast Asia are greatly impacted by the geography of the region.
Southeast Asia is made up of a mainland peninsula and many islands. On the mainland, mountains cover much of the area to create high altitude mountain peaks and low river valleys. Each island is separated by the water that surrounds it. This shows how every part of Southeast Asia’s geography is different and separates the people living there from each other in different parts of the region.
Not having much communication leads the people in each specific town, village, or area to create and develop their own culture depending on their resources and climate.
For example, fashion and what is considered beautiful depends highly on the resources part of geography because the people rely on what they have right at their finger tips to use to make what they wear. Also, how hot or cold it is helps decide how much clothing they wear and what types of clothing they prefer. Another example is their different sports, such as elepolo. This is a popular sport in some parts of Southeast Asia because they have the animals, elephants, to use that changes the whole games to make it their own, unlike the in United States where we just use horses to play polo. One more example is the type of foods that are eaten in Southeast Asia. In the mountains, they have all of the different mountain animals to hunt and eat; on the islands, there are many different sea creators that the people can fish for and eat.
Therefore, geography has a great impact on diversity in Southeast Asia because where they live, what resources are available to them, and how separated they are from each other all effects their culture.
Geography impacts diversity in a major way. Looking at the impacts geography does play to diversity, you see that it all revolves around culture. In Southeast Asia there are altitude differences that impact the ethnic groups. Such like the malayse natives they lived on the lower land away from the Chinese and Indians because they were farmers or fisherman. This caused those people to eat different foods then the people in the upper land. They ate more fish. Also the islands served as barriers, in Indonesia they are very separated, this causes them to have 200 languages and dialects. With these different borders it causes the people to have to create their own traditions and way of life. People in Southeast Asia dress to their culture. Meaning, the woman who do the neck stretching, this is a major sign of wealth. When a women has one of those large metal bands around her neck it lets the people who live in these villages know who’s who. Another major reason why these women wear the neck bands is its beauty. With the family life’s the roles in the family were very strict. Women worked at home or in the fields and even the children had big responsibilitys. But theses stricts roles in the family are changing, they are being influenced by surrounding countries. This has caused more of the traditional things less traditional. Beliefs and values are different, in the family of a person dies their afterlife wont be swell unless of a fabulous funeral. Even though tranditions are changing due to the influence of others most of the traditions are the same.