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Read more: Culture of Laos - traditional, history, people, clothing, traditions, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, dress, marriage, men, life, population, rituals, History and ethnic relations http://www.everyculture.com/Ja-Ma/Laos.html#ixzz0lZ1XFr4B
Religion Government Food Schools Fashion Entertainment Currency A group of Buddhist monks visit houses at dawn to collect alms in Vientiane.
their class background for political purposes while trading on their possession of cultural and economic capital. This elite has gravitated toward deeply rooted symbolic practices of power, such as sponsoring temple rebuilding and the casting of Buddha images. With the growing economic power of these new elite families, more conventional entourages have gathered around "big men," who demand deference, which was frowned upon in the egalitarian aftermath of the revolution.
Read more: Culture of Laos - traditional, history, people, clothing, traditions, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, dress, marriage, men, life, population, rituals, History and ethnic relations http://www.everyculture.com/Ja-Ma/Laos.html#ixzz0lZ3783T0
A Laotian dancer performs at Pha That Luang, the country's largest Buddhist Stupa, during the That Luang, or "Full Moon," Festival.
Read more: Culture of Laos - traditional, history, people, clothing, traditions, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, dress, marriage, men, life, population, rituals, History and ethnic relations http://www.everyculture.com/Ja-Ma/Laos.html#ixzz0lZ3YLIe3
These are the bills used in Laos. This is a Laos shirt. This is a picture of students standing outside thier school/classroom. These people are white water rafting. This is some soup. Vietnam Culture Religion Food Schools Government Fashion Entertainment Currency The plain white áo dài is worn as a uniform in Vietnamese high schools. A trio of Vietnamese musicians perform together. The man at centre plays a đàn nhị. Government Type: Communist state
Chief of State: President Nguyen Minh Triet
Head of State: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
Legislature: unicameral Senate (15 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve two-year terms)
Voting Age: 18 years of age; universal The religion(s) of Vietnam include: Buddhist, Catholic, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai, Protestant, Muslim.
Vietnamese cuisine is a style of cooking derived from the nation of Vietnam with fish sauce, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables all commonly used. Vietnamese recipes utilize a very diverse range of herbs, including lemongrass, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander and Thai basil leaves. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for freshness of the ingredients and for the healthy eating style.
The most common meats used in Vietnamese cuisine are pork, chicken, fish, and various kinds of seafood. The Vietnamese also have a strong vegetarian tradition influenced by Buddhist values
The school system in Vietnam as in many other countries is strong on symbolism and weak on substance. Students who were graded 'level A' in English studies when asked simple questions sometimes will stare or smile and answer in such a way that one would think the student never studied English at all. The student will be happy to produce a large certificate of completion from a local public school but in reality be totally unprepared for a productive life. The public schools while long on seemingly conservative teachings (uniforms and many rules) in fact fall far short of the mark for educating the children to compete later in life. The same holds true for some of the very expensive International Schools. The Culture of Vietnam, an agricultural civilization based on the cultivation of wet rice, is one of the oldest in Asia Pacific. Most Vietnamese historians consider the ancient Dong Son culture to be one of the defining aspects of early Vietnamese civilization. There are some other characteristics that comprise Vietnamese culture: Areca nut chewing, đạo Mẫu, bamboo, respect for community and family value, handwork, and devotion to study. Malaysia Culture Government Food Religion Schools Fashion Entertainment Currency The indigenous tribes are the oldest inhabitants of Malaysia. They account for about 5 percent of the total population, and represent a majority in East Malaysia of Sabah and Sarawak. In Sabah, the largest official ethnic group is Kadazan, though many unofficially recognised subgroups exist. The same can be said of other ethnic groups, with as many as a hundred racial groups forming the state's population. However because many subgroups possess only minor differences, they are not always differentiated. In Sarawak, the dominant tribal groups are the Dayak, who typically live in longhouses if in the rural areas and are either Iban or Bidayuh.
Government Type: constitutional monarchy
Chief of State: King - Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin
Head of State: Prime Minister Mohamed Najib bin Abdul Razak
Legislature: unicameral People's Council or Majlis (50 seats; 42 members elected by popular vote, 8 appointed by the president; serve five-year terms)
Voting Age: 21 years of age; universal The traditional culinary style has been greatly influenced by the long-ago traders from neighboring countries. Malay food is often described as spicy and flavorful... The fashion in Malasia is similar to Asia's. The religion(s) of Malaysia include: Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions.
Sekolah Pondok (literally, Hut school), Madrasah and other Islamic schools were the earliest forms of schooling available in Malaysia . Early works of Malay literature such as Hikayat Abdullah mention these schools indicating they pre-date the current secular model of education.
The Proton R3 Malaysia rally team were launched by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek yesterday with the aim to become a major player in the world rally scene in the near future. For a start, they will be mounting a serious bid to win the 2010 Asia Pacific Rally Championships (APRC), which begin in Johor Baru this weekend. The local currency is Ringgit Malaysia (RM) and it is currently pegged at RM3.80 to US$1.00.
The Dong is the official currency of Vietnam. It is divided into 10 hao, which are subsequently divided into 10 xu. The hao and xu have become so insignificant recently that they are no longer issued. Bill denominations exist in 200; 1000; 2,000; 5,000; 10,000; 20,000; 50,000, 100,000, and a newly issued 500,000 worth approx. 30 American dollars. Dong, which literally means "copper" in Vietnamese, was originally named for the currencies used when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina. After the fall of Saigon, in 1975, Vietnam changed the name of its currency to the "liberation dong". Brunei Culture Gonernment Religion Food School Fashion Entertainment Currency The ringgit Brunei (Malay) or the Brunei dollar (English, currency code: BND), has been the currency of the Sultanate of Brunei since 1967. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively B$ to distinguish it from other dollar-dominated currencies, It is divided into 100 sen (Malay) or cents (English).
The Brunei dollar is managed together with the Singapore dollar at a 1:1 ratio by Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). (Singapore is one of Brunei's major trading partners.)
Fashion in Brunei is very strange compared to america. This is a food stand. Government Type: constitutional sultanate
Chief of State: Sultan and Prime Minister Sir Hassanal Bolkiah
Head of State: Sultan And Prime Minister Sir Hassanal Bolkiah
Legislature: unicameral National Assembly or Narodno Sabranie (240 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
Voting Age: 18 years of age for village elections; universal
Brunei Sports are part of the recreation in Brunei. Football, Tennis, Polo, Golf, Squash, Bowling, Snooker, Badminton, Swimming, Aerobics and the list is just endless when we talk about the sports in Brunei.
The various sporting activities can be enjoyed in the well-maintained athletic fields of Brunei as well as in football stadium, tennis court, squash court and swimming pool of Brunei.
Soccer is the most popular game of Brunei and the football players have made their mark in the international arena. Tennis lovers can enjoy in the Youth and Welfare Complex on Jalan Berakas and the Brunei Tennis court offers a beautiful synthetic and cement playing surface. The Polo clubs invites the polo lover to enjoy this sport.
The latest development in education is the abolishment of the GCE `N' Level Examinations in 2006. From 2004 onwards, students who pass their Penilaian Menengah Bawah (PMB) or Lower Secondary Assessment examination at Form 3 will sit for their GCE `O' Levels at Form 5.
The religion(s) of Brunei include: Muslim (official), Buddhist, Christian.
Brunei's culture mainly derived from the Old Malay World, which encompassed the Malay Archipelago and from this stemmed what is known as the Malay Civilisation. Based on historical facts, various cultural elements and foreign civilisations had a hand in influencing the culture of this country. Thus, the influence of culture can be traced to four dominating periods of animism, Hinduism, Islam and the West. However, it was Islam that managed to wound its roots deeply into the culture of Brunei hence it became a way of life and adopted as the state's ideology and philosophy.
Indonesia Culture Religion School Entertainment Government Food Fashion Currency The name for the Indonesia Rupiah was adopted from the Indian form of currency, the Rupee. Prior to the Rupiah, Indonesia used the Dutch guilder from 1610 to 1817, when the Dutch East Indies guilder was introduced. The Rupiah was first introduced during the World War II Japanese occupation. Following the end of the war, the Java Bank briefly issued its own Java Rupiah as a replacement.
Entertainment in Indonesia is not only diversified but also colorful. The traditional entertainment here includes Wayang (puppet show), comedians, and traditional dances. The Wayang (Puppet Show) besides being a form of entertainment is also the bearer of Indonesian culture. These Indonesian puppet shows are regarded as one of the earliest forms of animation. The culture of Indonesia is reflected in the plays that act as a carrier of myth, morality play, and form of religious experience rolled into one. In music, for example, there are pop bands and singers, rock bands, country singers, jazz groups, rappers and many others. These music forms are entertaining and rejuvenating at the same time. The non-traditional music styles like kroncong, and dangdut has a rich Indonesian flavor: You can also entertain yourself by visiting the theater halls here. Indian films are widely batched and popular here. 21 Cineplex is one of the popular theatre halls here. Besides, there is the Chinese Kung Fu or martial art which is another form of entertainment. In Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Ubud and other tourist destinations you will easily find advertisements and flyers informing you all about the art and cultural performances and also about modern entertainment. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch extravagant and exotic traditional dances and dramas accompanied by the high-valued gamelan instruments in Indonesia. The dances and dramas and other cultural attractions are organized at many venues, mainly in the open-air. They also held in temples, incorporated in some of the munificent Balinese ceremonies. The hotels, bars, clubs and other nightspots houses modern entertainment.
Although there are thousands of different batik designs, particular designs have traditionally been associated with traditional festivals and specific religious ceremonies. Previously, it was thought that certain cloth had mystical powers to ward off ill fortune, while other pieces could bring good luck.
Education in Indonesia is the responsibility of the Ministry of National Education of Indonesia (Departemen Pendidikan Nasional Republik Indonesia/Depdiknas), formerly the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia (Departemen Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia/Depdikbud). In Indonesia, all citizens must undertake nine years of compulsory education, six years at elementary level and three in middle school. The religion(s) of Indonesia include: Muslim, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Hindu.
Coconut milk is an essential cooking ingredient in Indonesian cuisine.
Indonesian culture has been shaped by long interaction between original indigenous customs and multiple foreign influences. Indonesia is central along ancient trading routes between the Far East and the Middle East, resulting in many cultural practices being strongly influenced by a multitude of religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Islam, all strong in the major trading cities. Government Type: republic
Chief of State: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Head of State: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Legislature: unicameral Islamic Consultative Assembly or Majles-e-Shura-ye-Eslami or Majles (290 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
Voting Age: 17 years of age; universal and married persons regardless of age