From India to Australia and from Cambodia to Tonga, to describe the myriad ethnicities and cultures within the region of South Asia and the Pacific as "diverse" would be a gross understatement. The modern lifestyles and cultural traditions of the peoples in this vast area of the world span a wide spectrum as a result of each nation's location, origin, and unique historical development.
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"This book provides a ready guide to the diverse array of ethnic
groups living in South Asia and the Pacific. Each entry provides
the geographic distribution of the ethnic group as well as its
historical evolution and high points of its religious and cultural
development. At the end of each entry, resources are provided for
additional reading. These citations are particularly helpful for
ethnic groups that are not as well known to American students." -
'This work serves as a useful reference source for both students and also for the general library reader and is recommended for larger public and academic libraries." - Booklist