An Interesting Asian Phenotype 2

What race is this man? I would tell you what country he comes form, but that would give it away. He was born in 1900.
What race is this man? I would tell you what country he comes form, but that would give it away. He was born in 1900.

Yet another Asian type but we have not narrowed down what race exactly he is. According the Net anthropologist, he is:

South-Sinid + East-Palaungid, with possible Kachinid influence.

This man is part of a group of overseas Chinese in Singapore. That is where the South Sinid came from, as this group mostly came from the Min Nan speaking area about 600-800 years ago.

East-Palaungid and Kachinid are Southeast Asian types. After this group went to Malaysia, they bred in with SE Asian types. That is where the two latter types come from. East Palaungid seems to refer to the Palaung, a tribal group who live high in the mountains of Southern China in Yunnan. How they are divided into West and East, I have no idea. Kachinid refers to the Kachin, a tribal group in Burma who have been fighting the Burmese government for independence for decades now. So the two SE Asian elements come from Burma/Yunnan.

I always thought this fellow looked like Pol Pot.

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3 thoughts on “An Interesting Asian Phenotype 2”

  1. The Chinese people who currently have any Southeast Asian admixture in not only Singapore but also Malaysia and Indonesia (I am referring to the ethnic Chinese) are a tiny minority that is in danger of extinction. This is widely known in where I live (I live here) and known to everybody (I am Chinese).

    One needs to have a keen understanding on the history and demographics and culture of the ethnic Chinese in the region, as well as knowledge of Chinese history to understand this. The earliest Chinese people who traveled down to the region to trade and took the native women as concubines were extremely few, this was before the Brits came and made Malaya a colony (Malaya is the old name of what is today Malaysia + Singapore. The three Straits Settlement ports were Penang, Malacca and Singapore). These Chinese men would marry Chinese women as wife and have the native women (the Malay slaves) as concubines or slave women. Testimony by a British governor who wrote this was captured in a book.

    “It cannot be denied, however, that the existence of slavery in this quarter, in former years, was of immense advantage in procuring a female population for Pinang. From Assaban alone, there used to be sometimes 300 slaves, principally females, exported to Malacca and Pinang in a year. The women get comfortably settled as the wives of opulent Chinese merchants, and live in the greatest comfort. Their families attach these men to the soil; and many never think of returning to their native country. The female population of Pinang is still far from being upon a par with the male; and the abolition therefore of slavery, has been a vast sacrifice to philanthropy and humanity. As the condition of the slaves who were brought to the British settlements, was materially improved, and as they contributed so much to the happiness of the male population, and the general prosperity of the settlement, I am disposed to think (although I detest the principles of slavery as much as any man), that the continuance of the system here could not, under the benevolent regulations which were in force to prevent abuse, have been productive of much evil. The sort of slavery indeed which existed in the British settlements in this quarter, had nothing but the name against it; for the condition of the slaves who were brought from the adjoining countries, was always ameliorated by the change; they were well fed and clothed; the women became wives of respectable Chinese; and the men who were in the least industrious, easily emancipated themselves, and many became wealthy. Severity by masters was punished; and, in short, I do not know any race of people who were, and had every reason to be, so happy and contented as the slaves formerly, and debtors as they are now called, who came from the east coast of Sumatra and other places.[20][21]”

    Before the British colonization, the presence of Chinese (these are called Early Chinese settlers) prior to the early 1800 were very little. They wielded economic dominance. But the numbers were small..

    All that changed when the Brits opened the three ports as mentioned earlier. As Malaya was developed, a huge influx of Chinese flooded the place. By 1849, less than half a century later, Chinese was the biggest race in Singapore.

    “The large influx of Chinese to Singapore led to the establishment of a large number of Chinese associations, schools, and temples in Singapore and, within a century, the Chinese immigrant population exceeded that of the Malays. During this period, Christian missionaries from Europe began evangelising to the Asians, especially the Chinese. By 1849, the Chinese formed half of Singapore’s population.

    From the 19th till the mid 20th century, migrants from China were known as “Sinkeh” (新客 – New Guest). Out of these Sinkeh, a majority of them were coolies, workers on steam boats etc. Some of them came to Singapore in search of a better living and to escape away from poverty in China. Many of them also escaped to Singapore due to chaos and wars in China during the first half of the 20th century. Many of them came from Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan province. Most of them paid loyalty to China and regarded themselves as “Huaqiao”.

    Peranakans or those English-educated Chinese who had descended for many generations in Singapore were typically known as “Laokeh” (老客 – Old Guest) or “Straits Chinese”. Most of them paid loyalty to the British Empire and did not regard themselves as “Huaqiao”.”

    The Perenakans were gradually bred out no different from how teh floods of Europeans in the later arrivals bred out whatever minority Europeans who had bred with Native Americans, drowning out their DNA. This means that even those who self identify as Perenakans do not have much of the Austronesian genes.

    Because of the large flood of Chinese that arrived between 1850 to 1950, and these Chinese who came during that time period had more than enough choices in Chinese partners to marry and breed with, almost every Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia is descended from one of these “new arrivals” sin khek from China. For instance, I can trace all four sets of grandparents back to China and the year of arrival of my grandparents were in the 1920s to 1940s.

    In other words, overwhelmingly the Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia are descendants of Southern Chinese from the Guangdong and Fujian provinces (Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainanese, Foochow) people who only arrived under four generations ago and are pure Southern Han Chinese. We are known as “new guests” or “sin khek’ in Hokkien language. And we adhere to Chinese culture.

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