Ch 3: Ethnic Groups in Asia

About This Chapter

The Ethnic Groups in Asia chapter of this Overview of Ethnic Groups in the World course is the simplest way to master the subject of ethnic groups in Asia. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of ethnic groups in Asia.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering ethnic groups in Asia material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about ethnic groups in Asia. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding ethnic groups in Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia and more
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning anthropology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about Asian ethnic groups
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra anthroplogy learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Ethnic Groups in Asia chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a ethnic groups in Asia unit of a standard college anthropology course. Topics covered include:

  • Culture and history of the Karen people
  • Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesian ethnic groups
  • Ethnic groups of North Korea, Vietnam Myanmar and South Korea
  • Philippines, Laos, Mongolian, Taiwan, and Bangladesh ethnic groups
  • Asian ethnic groups
  • Ethnic groups of Malaysia, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka
  • Definition, culture and people of Han China
  • People and language of Zhuang

31 Lessons in Chapter 3: Ethnic Groups in Asia
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The Karen People: Culture & History

1. The Karen People: Culture & History

Have you heard of the Karen people? If not, this lesson will give you an important primer about their interesting history as well as amazing culture. You'll learn what language they speak, what they call themselves, and the struggles they've faced.

Nepal Ethnic Groups

2. Nepal Ethnic Groups

Nepal has amongst the greatest climatic diversity on Earth, and amongst the greatest ethnic diversity as well. In this lesson, we'll explore this diversity and see what it has meant for Nepal.

Thailand Ethnic Groups

3. Thailand Ethnic Groups

Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation to have never been formally colonized by a European Empire. In this lesson, we'll see how this has impacted Thailand's history and consider what ethnicity means to the nation today.

Indonesian Ethnic Groups

4. Indonesian Ethnic Groups

One of the world's most populous countries, Indonesia also has plenty of ethnic groups. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the largest, as well as two of the smaller ones that make a big impact on Indonesian society.

North Korea Ethnic Groups

5. North Korea Ethnic Groups

North Korea is an extremely isolated nation. However, we do know a bit about its ethnic diversity. In this lesson, we will talk about ethnicity in North Korea and see what it means to this nation.

Vietnam Ethnic Groups

6. Vietnam Ethnic Groups

Vietnam is a major nation in Southeast Asia, and it's actually home to a greater amount of diversity than you may think. In this lesson, we'll talk about the ethnic groups of Vietnam, and see what this has meant for the nation.

Myanmar Ethnic Groups

7. Myanmar Ethnic Groups

Myanmar is a classic example of how ethnicity can create real struggles within a country. In this lesson we will look at ethnic diversity within Myanmar, and see what this has meant over the last half century.

South Korea Ethnic Groups

8. South Korea Ethnic Groups

South Korea is a major East Asian nation. In this lesson, we'll be talking about ethnic groups of South Korea and see what they reflect about the nation's history.

Ethnic Groups in the Philippines

9. Ethnic Groups in the Philippines

The Philippines is a major island nation that has played an important role in world history. But, who lives there? In this lesson, we'll talk about ethnicity in the Philippines and see what diversity means to this nation.

Laos Ethnic Groups

10. Laos Ethnic Groups

Like many nations in Southeast Asia, Laos has a diverse population. However, this has meant something different in Laos. In this lesson we'll look at ethnic division within a nation working towards national unity.

Mongolian Ethnic Groups

11. Mongolian Ethnic Groups

Who lives in Mongolia? The Mongolians! But who are the Mongolians? In this lesson, we're going to talk about the ethnic groups that make up modern-day Mongolia and see what this means for the nation.

Taiwan Ethnic Groups

12. Taiwan Ethnic Groups

The ethnic groups of Taiwan have been most heavily influenced by movements from the People's Republic of China. In this lesson, we take a look at the ethnic makeup of Taiwan.

Bangladesh Ethnic Groups

13. Bangladesh Ethnic Groups

Ethnicity is never quite as simple a topic as it seems. In this lesson, we'll examine the nation of Bangladesh, and see what ethnicity means in this Asian country.

Asian Ethnic Groups

14. Asian Ethnic Groups

Asia is home to over 60% of the world's population. Not surprisingly, they are found in a variety of ethnic groups and regions. In this lesson, we'll examine the largest groups in Asia.

Ethnic Groups in Malaysia

15. Ethnic Groups in Malaysia

Malaysia is sometimes overlooked in studies about Asian nations, but it is actually home to some very complex cultural ideas about ethnicity. In this lesson, we'll examine Malaysian ethnic identities and see what this means to the nation today.

Cambodia Ethnic Groups

16. Cambodia Ethnic Groups

Have you ever heard of Cambodia? It's an exotic and beautiful country in Southeast Asia. This lesson will focus on the various ethnic groups that comprise this nation.

Ethnic Groups in Sri Lanka

17. Ethnic Groups in Sri Lanka

Despite the fact that its long civil war has recently ended, the demographics of Sri Lanka are still crucial to understanding the government and society of this island nation.

Han Chinese: Definition, Culture & People

18. Han Chinese: Definition, Culture & People

The Han Chinese are one of the largest ethnic groups in the world. In this lesson, we are going to talk about Han Chinese history and culture, and see what it means to be Han Chinese today.

Zhuang People & Language

19. Zhuang People & Language

China is a big place, and home to a great number of people. In this lesson, we are going to talk about one of those groups of people, China's largest ethnic minority group.

Traditional Games in Mongolia

20. Traditional Games in Mongolia

What kind of games might you play if you lived in a harsh environment, moving around with your family to care for herds of animals? In this lesson, we meet the Mongolian people and learn about what games they play for fun and for good luck.

Traditional Games in Russia

21. Traditional Games in Russia

This lesson goes over some of the many traditional games played in Russia. Some have to do with cards and others with sharp objects. All are well-known to Russians and will be to you as well by the end of this lesson.

Traditional Games in Kazakhstan

22. Traditional Games in Kazakhstan

This lesson introduces several traditional games of Kazakhstan, a Central Asian country with a fascinating culture. These games reveal the importance of horses in Kazakh life as most of their traditional games include these animals.

Traditional Games in Singapore

23. Traditional Games in Singapore

Let's journey to Singapore, a Southeast Asian country that celebrates its diversity. In this lesson, we'll look at three traditional games of Singaporean children, two brought from different backgrounds and one invented in Singapore.

Traditional Games in Malaysia

24. Traditional Games in Malaysia

Do you enjoy challenging games of strategy or complex sports combining strategy and physical ability? Malaysian traditional games offer both. In this lesson we'll explore three popular games with surprising similarities to games you may already know.

Traditional Games in Myanmar

25. Traditional Games in Myanmar

In this lesson, we take a deeper look into the culture and people of the country Myanmar, also called Burma, through the games they play. You may notice similarities between these games and ones you might have played, like tag, dodge ball, or foosball.

Traditional Games in Thailand

26. Traditional Games in Thailand

A lot of people go to Thailand on vacation but may miss a wide variety of traditional games being played there. This includes games with marbles, banana stalks, and seeds!

Traditional Games in Nepal

27. Traditional Games in Nepal

High up in the Himalayan Mountains, life can be challenging but the people still know how to have fun. This lesson explores the official and unofficial sport of Nepal and an exciting, ancient board game as challenging as chess.

Traditional Games in South Korea

28. Traditional Games in South Korea

Gaming is an important part of South Korean culture. In this lesson, we'll check out some of the more traditional games, see how they're played and consider their role in Korean history.

Traditional Games in Sri Lanka

29. Traditional Games in Sri Lanka

This lesson introduces students to some of the traditional games played Sri Lanka. Learn about Sri Lankan competitive team sports, unique variations on pillow fights, and fun games played during festivals.

Traditional Games in Pakistan

30. Traditional Games in Pakistan

Did you know some of our most familiar games come from the traditional games played in Pakistan? In this lesson, we'll look at three popular games and discuss their similarities to more familiar games like baseball, tag, and the board game Sorry!

Traditional Games in Cambodia

31. Traditional Games in Cambodia

Much of the Cambodian population live by very basic means, so it only makes sense that their traditional games be played simply, as well. In this lesson, you will learn more about these simple, but entertaining, games.

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