Southeast Asian Studies. Vol. II, No. 2, 1964,
JOINT PUBLICATIONS RESEARCH SERVICE ARLINGTON VA
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It is an indisputable fact that the history of various peoples in the continental Southeast Asia, i.e. the Indochinese peninsula, is determined, with few exceptions, by the movements of peoples from north to south. Waves after waves of peoples moved into this peninsula from the inner part of the Asian continent the Southeast Asia has served as the path of various peoples. In view of these facts a number of questions may be raised 1 The southward migration of various peoples was due to the attraction of productive resources in the tropical zone 2 The principal route of migration was from India to Southern China, and the migration toward Southeast Asia was a secondary phenomenon. The temperate vegetation zone extending from the eastern Himalayas, Yun-Kwei plateau, and Southwest Japan probably was the home of the ways of living now prevailing in Southeast Asia. Can we find one of the original models of the culture of the rice growing people in the temperate zone 3 Was the migration to Southeast Asia caused by the pressure of the Chinese people and civilization In other words, can we say that the southward migration of peoples was not so much due to the attraction of the tropical zone as the desire to escape from the pressure of the Chinese people in the North.
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