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View Poll Results: Who is the one with the greater influence on Asia as a whole?
China 86 87.76%
India 6 6.12%
Both equally so. 6 6.12%
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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English and French belongs to the Indian-European language family, which means their language structures have a lot of similarities (concepts such as gender, tense etc) but Chinese and Japanese don't even belong to the same language family.

as you can see, the Sino-tibetan languages don't include Japanese. They are a lot farther than between English and French

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I know that, I took Japanese in school. I mean even those unfamiliar with the languages should be able to tell that they sound very different.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:57 PM
 
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I know that, I took Japanese in school. I mean even those unfamiliar with the languages should be able to tell that they sound very different.
You'd be surprised my man. In this country, anyounghaseyo, konnichiwa, and ni hao are all Chinese words

But, yes, botticelli is right. Japanese, Korean, Chinese have about as much similarity with each other as Spanish and Basque. With Korean it gets even trickier, it's officially classified as a language isolate, just like Basque.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:04 PM
 
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You'd be surprised my man. In this country, anyounghaseyo, konnichiwa, and ni hao are all Chinese words

But, yes, botticelli is right. Japanese, Korean, Chinese have about as much similarity with each other as Spanish and Basque. With Korean it gets even trickier, it's officially classified as a language isolate, just like Basque.
Well yeah that's just ignorance, but I mean if they'd actually listen to the languages with an open mind.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:04 PM
 
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Cant really speak for Asia but for the entire world, what about the spread and popularity of yoga?
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:07 PM
 
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Influence in all of Asia is difficult to measure. Even defining which countries you include in Asia. Also kind of meaningless. It is obvious that East Asia is influenced by China, South Asia by India. Southeast Asia in general I would say China. Central Asia is probably India but actually more Middle Eastern and Russian influences. Are we including the Middle East in all of Asia? Neither India nor China has strong influence there but I would say Middle Eastern influence is much more evident in India.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:58 PM
 
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On which part of Asia, is the question. Like GoldenTiger said.

A meaningless poll, but can be fun. Or not lol
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:16 AM
 
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Actually, some Japanese sounds a bit like Wu dialect. It is said that the first settlers in Japan came from Wu region.

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I know that, I took Japanese in school. I mean even those unfamiliar with the languages should be able to tell that they sound very different.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Actually, some Japanese sounds a bit like Wu dialect. It is said that the first settlers in Japan came from Wu region.
Hmm, not that familiar with Wu, but from the little I've heard of it I don't really hear it. I suppose there could be a bit of influence. You mean the Jomon era people? Or the Yayoi?
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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On which part of Asia, is the question. Like GoldenTiger said.

A meaningless poll, but can be fun. Or not lol
I do mean all of Asia as a whole (which obviously is a Eurocentric construct since it means Eurasia minus Europe). After all, Asians make up the bulk of the human population.

China and India alone each have over a billion and Southeast Asia over half a billion. West Asia, Central Asia and Asian Russia are somewhat less populated.

But population wise (or even just how widespread in Asia), culturally, do you think China or India's sphere of influence has been greater?
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:15 PM
 
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On which part of Asia, is the question. Like GoldenTiger said.

A meaningless poll, but can be fun. Or not lol
Why is it meaningless? It's subjective no doubt, but it's like other comparisons on this forum like between say Canada and Australia, or the American East and West coasts or the countless city vs. city threads, or what American city makes the best food or something.

I am talking about all of Asia, plus most of the human race lives in Asia so the fact that these two civilizations influenced it is meaningful. Most people talk about China and India's sphere of influences when they talk about "Eastern civilization".
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