Geography and History of the World © 2010 Indiana Edition

Chapter 30: Cultural Geography of Southeast Asia


The Southeast Asian country of Malaysia is distinguished by a wide variety of cultures, including the ancient Malay, Chinese, Indian, and many indigenous groups. In this activity, you will read about Malaysia's many peoples-their cultures, similarities, and differences, as well as other interesting facts about the region.

Destination Title: Malaysia

Start at the Geographia Web site about Malaysia.
  • Click on People. Read this page, and then at the bottom click on Crafts and read the information.
  • Click on Places at the bottom of the screen. Then click on and read about Kuala Lumpur.
  • Click on and read the information presented about Nature.

Using the information you gathered from this site, answer the following questions.

How have Chinese immigrants contributed to Malaysia's cultural mix?
Describe some of the crafts practiced in Malaysia.
What is unique about Malaysia's rain forests?
How does Kuala Lumpur bring together Malaysia's past and present?
The Malaysian peoples have a wide variety of distinct cultures. Using the Malaysia Web site and its linked pages, write a two-page biographical sketch of a Malaysian citizen. Be creative and imaginative as you describe this person in detail, including information about family, occupation, housing, transportation, social events, and other interesting information.
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