Asian Culture

Chinese Culture

The Chinese Government View | An Outsider’s View A Brief Introduction to Chinese Culture (Chinese Government View)People’ Daily View China is wonderous and awe-inspiring. It has a history of five thousand years. It is the only continuous ancient civilization. Other ancient civilizations have changed, discontinued, withered or perished. Why is it so enduring? Why is […]

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Khmer Family Structure

Cambodia (Kampuchea) Cultural Info Khmer Household and Family Structure The family is the major unit of both production and consumption. Within this unit are the strongest emotional ties, the assurance of aid in the event of trouble, economic cooperation in labor, sharing of produce and income, and contribution as a unit to ceremonial obligations. A […]

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Nepalese Monarchy

The deaths of King Birendra and his heir-apparent, Dipendra, in the aftermath of June 1 ‘accidental’ shoot-out mark the end of an era of direct succession of kingship established by the founder of modern Nepal, King Prithvi Narayan Shah in the beginning of the 18th century. The line of succession has now been shifted from […]

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Mongolian Land Culture

The North Largely unpopulated, Northern Mongolia is one of the most beautiful areas of the country with densely forested mountains and steppe. The meadows in spring are blanketed with wildflowers and the air is filled with the voices of migrating birds. [Image] Considered by scientists to be the aquatic equivalent of a rainforest, Lake Hovsgol–the […]

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Burmese Culture

Art has been closely intertwined with religion and royalty in Burman history. Temples, pagodas and palaces displayed the artistic skills of painters, wood carvers and sculptures. Temples and pagodas were traditionally built of brick and many are still standing. The great palaces, however, were made of wood, and only one badly-deteriorating example of these beautiful […]

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Bhutan Religion & Food Culture

Religion & Culture The State religion is Drukpa Kagyupa a branch of Mahayana Buddhism. It has been institutionalised in the Dratshang (Central Monk body), headed by the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) who is chosen from among the most learned lamas and enjoys an equal rank with the King. Bhutan is the only country in the […]

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Afghan Culture

Cultural Life In Afghanistan Afghanistan has a rich cultural heritage covering more than 5,000 years. Because of almost complete isolation from the outside world, however, little in art, literature, or architecture was produced between the 16th and early 20th centuries. Because most Afghans live outside the cities, their mode of living can be described as […]

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Vietnamese Culture

Four great philosophies and religions have shaped the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Christianity. Over the centuries, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism have melded with popular Chinese beliefs and ancient Vietnamese animism to form what is known as Tam Giao(or `Triple Religion’). The Vietnamese language (kinh) is a hybrid of Mon-Khmer, […]

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Cultural Differences

Learning the cultural differences between Westerners and Vietnamese (From the Vietnamese point of view) Western Vietnamese   Affection 1. Touching between people of the same sex is not acceptable   It is quite acceptable. One can see two men or women in the street holding hands 2. A man and a woman may hold hands […]

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Thai Culture

The Monarchy and religion are the two sacred cows in Thailand. Thais are tolerant of most kinds of behaviour as long as it doesn’t insult one of these. Buddhism is the dominant religion, and orange-robed monks and gold, marble and stone Buddhas are common sights. The prevalent form of Buddhism practised is the Theravada school, […]

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