Why do Kazakhstan people look Asian?
Have you watched Borat movie? Yes, the mockumentary/situational comedy where Borat sets out on a discovery journey to the US to create a documentary about what makes the United States a great country. Unfortunately, Borat ends up annoying everyone he meets. And clearly Borat’s actions cannot be a representation of the Kazakhstan people, he is too extra. But, who are Kazakhstan people? Are Kazakhs Chinese? Is Kazakhstan considered Asian? Are people from Kazakhstan Russian? These are some of the questions that everyone asks, including Americans who always appear to have an expectation about what people should look like. Probably this is a weakness all humans have.
What nationality are people from Kazakhstan? They are Kazakh(s). Most of the Kazakhstan people are spread across China, Uzbekistan, Russia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, United States, Turkey, Canada, Iran, Czech Republic, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Austria, Belarus, Germany, and Spain. Most of them speak Russian and Chinese and are predominantly Islam.
Kazakhs possess 88.9% East Asian paternal DNA, and 50.5% Caucasian maternal DNA. There are some who show only 65.4% East Asian paternal but have more, 68.9%, Caucasian maternal DNA. According to a mitochondrial DNA test, most Kazakhs possess a maternal lineage of Eastern Eurasian. Some show linkage with the western Eurasian origin.
The Kazakhs have a great admixture of Asian and Caucasian in their genetic make-up. However, they are predominant Asian both by DNA and Race.
Kazakhstan cultural heritage has been influenced greatly by their former nomadic life. This past life is seen in their diverse foods and local cuisine, film, literature, fashion, theatre, traditions, religion and music. The Kazakhs are the most diverse people in religion and ethnicity in the whole world. This is attributed to a number of factors including their geographical location – at the centre of Eurasia, and the settlement in Europe in the 20th century. These people have great tolerance on religion, and their past nomadic life has been transformed into a life of hospitality and openness.
A lot of settlers, over 1 million, came to Kazakhstan during Russian colonization in the 19th century from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. Between the 1920s-30s, industrialization and Soviet collectivisation saw the migration of an additional 1.4 million settlers from Europe to Kazakhstan. A total of 102,000 Poles, 185,000 Koreans, 507,000 North Caucasians, 800,000 Germans, and huge numbers of Greeks, Kalmyks, and Turks moved back to Kazakhstan.
Currently, Kazakhstan has more than 130 different tribal groups. It also has 17 religions. The ethnic Kazakhs make-up 65% of the population while the Russians fill 26% of the population, and the remaining is filled by Ukrainians, Uzbeks, Germans, Uyghurs, Tatars, Belarusians, Azeris, Koreans, Turks, Koreans, Poles, Dungans, Greeks, and Poles among others. Even though the Kazakhs were divided historically into Zhuzes, and other smaller groups, they are united by a common national identity.
Kazakhstan people have had a long journey to become who they are today. Their nomadic lifestyle influenced their current lifestyle and genetic composition. They are diverse and hospitable. Their Asian-like appearance too comes from their past lifestyle and stands as a reflection of their past today.