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View Poll Results: Is Mongolia in East Asia or Central Asia?
East Asia 14 60.87%
Central Asia 9 39.13%
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:54 PM
 
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They are about as close to Koreans genetically as you can possibly get.
No, they're not. The Tungus and Manchu are.

Mongolia these days is termed "Inner Asia". Which tends to be synonymous with "Central Asia", the latter designation no longer being restricted to the ex-Soviet "stans". Though "Central Asia" is still an ambiguous term. Some still use it in the old sense. To deal with this ambiguity, the term "Inner Asia" was born.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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Culturally, in terms of traditional lifestyles at least, I'd say they are much closer to central Asians and perhaps ancient/medieval Manchus than they are to Chinese or Koreans. Religiously, the Mongols also shared Tengristic beliefs with the Turkic peoples of central Asia as well before Islam became prominent in the latter. I think some of the people in this thread(and these forums and the world in general) give too much weight to linguistic and genetic factors.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:23 PM
 
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Culturally, in terms of traditional lifestyles at least, I'd say they are much closer to central Asians and perhaps ancient/medieval Manchus than they are to Chinese or Koreans. Religiously, the Mongols also shared Tengristic beliefs with the Turkic peoples of central Asia as well before Islam became prominent in the latter. I think some of the people in this thread(and these forums and the world in general) give too much weight to linguistic and genetic factors.
Well, that doesn't answer the question, then, does it? If the Manchus are considered E. Asian, but the Turkic peoples are Central Asian (and Siberian), then we're still at Square One.
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