If I were to scale the degree of impact geography has on Southeast Asia’s diversity from 1-5 (1 being little impact and 5 being a large impact) , it would most likely end up making a 3. When looking at Southeast Asia, one is going to note the large culture that is present. With this it can be questioned how does the geography have any effect at all.
To start, Southeast Asia has a mix of religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islamic, and and very little Christianity). A few of these religions were scares and hard to come by, but due to traveling Religions like Christianity have made there way to Southeast Asia. Islam,a. Religion found farther east, has also been able to move farther west to new believers. Showing that the geography does not really stop from cultural change.
fashion on the other hand shows that the geography is posing a a problem. Much of the clothing for the middle and lower class has stayed pretty traditional. On the other hand, the upper class has adapted to the western style and has changed much of its wardrobe to fit heir needs. This would like to show that the geography slows the spread of ideas, but does not stop them from coming up and making their culture more diverse.
Engrossed in the culture, sports can also be found. There are a variety of sports like Tekraw (a soccer, volleyball, football combination game), Elepolo, and Gasing (top spinning), that are not commonly found in other parts of the world. This would prove that geography refutes the spread of ideas and Slows down change and diversity. On huge other hand. Sports found in other cultures have been added to theirs or changed to their needs.
From this, it is evident that geography affects the growth of the Southeast Asian culture, but does not stop it. People are able to bring in those other beliefs and instill them upon the people. They are able to bring their games over, so they can be changed to what they have and be enjoyed by all. And they are able to bring themselves, to add a new mix to the culture. So, as you can see, it would end up being a 3. This is because the geography (their mountain ranges and flowing seas) slows the progression of cultural change, but does not mean little steps cannot be taken or have not already been done to change it and create a more diverse culture and community.