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South East Asia

Doing thing s about foreign contries and import things behind them.

Allen Fontenot

on 23 April 2010

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SOUTH EAST ASIA Vietnam Culture Ancestry. Vietnam has 54 ethnic groups. Over 85 percent of the people of Vietnam are Kinh—that is, ethnic Vietnamese—who are spread throughout the country. Minority ethnic groups live mainly in the mountain areas of the country. religion Most Vietnamese practice a combination of the Three Teachingsthat is, Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. government The National Assembly is the highest legislative body in Vietnam. The delegates to the Assembly are elected by the people to a maximum term of five years. No candidate can run for the Assembly without the approval of the Communist Party. All Vietnamese 18 years of age or older are allowed to vote. Food The national dish of Vietnam is a noodle soup called pho. This dish consists of long rice noodles and fresh vegetables in a broth with meat or seafood. Many Vietnamese also eat boiled rice with vegetables, tofu (soybean curd), seafood, chicken, pork, or duck. School Nearly all Vietnamese 15 years of age or older can read and write. Children ages 6 through 10 are required to attend school. Schools of higher education in Vietnam include universities, agricultural colleges, technical institutes, and private business academies. Fashion The Vietnamese typically wear lightweight clothing. Rural women wear loose-fitting dark pants and blouses that are often embroidered in brilliant colors. Conical hats called non la shield their faces from the sun. In cities, many girls and women wear the traditional ao dai, a long tunic worn with loose-fitting pants. Entertainment The Vietnamese, especially children, enjoy swimming in the country's many lakes and rivers, and in the sea. Vietnamese children also engage in lively games of soccer. Many people play chess or tennis. Competitions involving judo and the martial arts of tae kwon do and kung fu are also popular. Families who can afford to do so vacation at seaside resorts Currency Vietmam has a dome currency. Malaysia Culture Malaysian culture or Malaya culture is a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and various indigenous tribes dating back to more than fifteen hundred years ago from a Kedah kingdom in Lembah Bujang with traders from China and India. Religion Malaysia has considerable religious diversity and widespread religious toleration. Muslim mosques, Christian churches, and Hindu and Buddhist temples stand side by side in urban areas. Islam is the religion of almost all Malays, as well as some Malaysian Indians, and is also the official religion of the state Government Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. The country is divided into 13 states and 3 federal territories. The federal government administers the federal territories. Food Rice is the mainstay of the Malaysian diet, supplemented by vegetables, fish, and meat, mainly lamb, mutton, or chicken. Fruit or cake is often served for dessert. Tea and coffee are popular beverages. School Primary and secondary education are free. Children start school at 6 years old. They remain in primary school for six years and then go to secondary school. Bahasa Malaysia is the language of instruction in most schools, though some schools, especially at the primary level, also teach in Mandarin Chinese or Tamil. Fashion In everyday life, most Malaysians wear clothing similar to that worn in North America and Europe. Nearly all Malays are Muslims, and many of them choose modest styles favored by Islam. For example, many Malay women wear a loose, long-sleeved blouse, a long skirt extending to their ankles, and a shawl or kerchief over their heads.a Entertainment Among the Malays, kite flying and top spinning are traditional sports practiced by skilled adults rather than children. Pencak silat, the martial art of the Malays, has become part of Malaysian national culture Currency The name of their currency is ringgit. THAILAND cULTURE Thailand displays some very distinct and refined culture, developed over the centuries from early Lanna flourishings through to the golden ages of Sukothai and Ayutthaya and beyond. This includes, costume, dance, music, social graces such as the famous 'wai' greeting, architecture, religious art, wood carving and sculpture. Religion About 95 percent of the Thai people are Buddhists. Most Thai follow the Theravada (Way of the Elders) tradition, a form of Buddhism that emphasizes the virtues of monastic life. According to custom, many Thai men become monks for at least a short time, from about one week to several months. They wear yellow robes and lead lives of simplicity, meditation, and study Government Thailand is divided into 76 provinces. The provinces are subdivided into about 880 districts, about 7,250 local units called tambons, and about 70,000 villages. Each province has a governor, and every district has a district officer. These officials are appointed by the minister of the interior Food Thai people eat rice with almost every meal. Favorite foods to accompany the rice include hot, spicy stews called curries; salads of meat, fish, and vegetables; stir-fry dishes; and broiled or fried fish with sauces and Noodles are also popular, especially for lunches School Thai law requires children to attend school from age 6 to 14. The government provides free public elementary and secondary education, but some students attend private schools. Entertainment Thai people prize the art of sanuk, or having fun. The national sport is Muay Thai (Thai boxing), also known as kickboxing, in which opponents fight with their feet as well as their hands. currency

They have a baht currency Singapore Culture Art, music, and theater reflect the cultures of the various groups. Cultural events include Chinese operas, Indian dancing, and Malay dramas. Performances by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra are also popular. The annual Singapore Arts Festival brings international dancers, musicians, and artists to Singapore RELIGION Singapore has no official religion. The country's Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. The main religions practiced are Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Taoism, and Hinduism. government singapore is a republic. A unicameral (one-house) Parliament makes the country's laws. A prime minister leads a Cabinet, which carries out the operations of the government food Restaurants in Singapore offer a variety of Chinese, Indian, and Malay dishes. Western foods are also available, including American-style fast foods. The larger hotels and restaurants also serve a variety of international foods, including Mexican, Thai, and Vietnamese. School In addition to the usual primary and secondary schools, Singapore has junior colleges and centralized institutes. Singapore also has a number of polytechnics and universities Entertainment Art, music, and theater reflect is their entertainment fashion Singapore's ethnic groups create a variety of clothing styles within the country. Most people wear Western-style clothing, but many Indians and Malays prefer their traditional dress. Laos Culture An important festival in Laos is Boun Pha Vet[1] celebrated once a year. This is a two day Buddhist festival that involves the entire community. Religion Buddhism is the primary religion of Laos. The Buddhism practiced in Laos is of the Theravada tradition. government The Royal Lao Government was the ruling authority in the Kingdom of Laos from 1947 until the communist seizure of power in December 1975 and the proclamation of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. food Lao cuisine is the cuisine of the Lao ethnic group of Laos and Northeast Thailand (Isan). Lao food is distinct from other Southeast Asian cuisines. The staple food of the Lao is sticky rice eaten by hand school Vientiane International School(VIS) is an international school in Vientiane, Laos, established in 1991. Having moved into a new purpose built facility in August 2008, VIS started the 08-09 school year with an enrollment of approximately 310 students from Preschool through to Grade 12 with official accreditation from the Council of International Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the IBO Entertainment Originating in 1955 as the Youth Combatant Association and now comprising some 243,500 registered members (aged 15-30), the Lao People's Revolutionary Youth Union has a particular focus on the fields of information, media, entertainment, art and music. The LPRYU operates at central, provincial, municipal, district and village levels and co-operates with foreign countries and international organisations in a wide range of programme activities. Fashion Laos clothing was a symbol of the individuality of the sub-group of Hmong living in Laos. However with time the influence of the outside world has limited the wearing of traditional Laos clothing to special occasions only.

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