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Northern Paladin
Friday, June 4th, 2004, 09:25 PM
Interethnic Love and Marriages on the Rise in Kazakhstan

By Roman Vassilenko

http://www.theezine.net/articles/11/Interethnic-Love-And-Marriages-On-The-Rise-In-Kazakhstan.html

Kazakhstan a land where Central Asians live side by side with a large minority of Russians,Germans,Ukrainians,Belorussians will also be a land where these groups are merging together to form something "new".

Trend Can Lead to Creation of "Eurasian" Ethnicity, Scientist Says As thousands of couples throughout Kazakhstan celebrated Valentine's Day last week with exchanges of flowers, gifts and, yes, specially timed weddings, scientists spoke of specific trends in interethnic love and marriages that seem to confirm the country's reputation as "a melting pot of ethnic groups" and can have potential implications for future population qualities.

Professor Makash Tatimov, a renowned demographer, said there is an incremental growth in interethnic marriages in Kazakhstan that can potentially lead to developing a type of "Eurasian" ethnicity.

"Neither religious, nor intra-ethnic taboos can stop the ongoing process of interethnic blending in Kazakhstan," he told Vremya weekly newspaper
(www.time.kz) on Feb. 13. "Right now, every fifth
marriage in Kazakhstan is an interethnic one, but I think by 2050 this ratio will be one in three," he said.

Statistics seems to confirm his assumptions. Of the total of just under 100,000 marriages concluded in Kazakhstan in 2002, 19,502, or roughly 20%, were between people of different ethnicity.

Tatimov says this trend leads to unification of ethnic groups into two larger groups united by race and language characteristics, a European and an Oriental one. While the interethnic marriages are currently mostly relevant for the European ethnic groups, Tatimov says the trend is also swaying the traditionally more conservative Asians, - the Uzbeks, the Tartars, the Azeris, the Uighurs and finally the Kazakhs, the majority ethnic group.

"These days marriage ads do not say 'I am looking for an ethnic Russian' or 'an ethnic Uighur," Tatimov said. "Rather, they say 'a man of European origin' or 'a woman of Oriental ethnicity'."

Reasons for these tendencies lie in the fact that many ethnic groups do not live compactly, Tatimov says, but they are spread out throughout Kazakhstan. Statistics says there are more than 80 percent of mixed marriages among the Ukrainians, the Belorussians, the Tartars, and the Germans and 27 percent among the Russians.

For ethnic Kazakhs, however, the ratio is only 4.1 percent, but Tatimov believes that will change. "The very origin of Kazakhs is the result of blending of two races, the European and the Mongoloid," Tatimov said.

"I think in the future and as these trends continue, our people will look like true Eurasians, with a pleasant skin color and beautiful almond-shaped eyes," he concluded.

The country's population is roughly 15 million, and it includes more than 100 ethnic groups.


Like this article suggests...Kazakhstan will be unique in that it will be the first Country where Eurasians are the dominant group.

Scoob
Friday, June 4th, 2004, 09:39 PM
These mixes have been taking place for thousands of years. That is why there is a quite smooth gradient of features from Western to Eastern Eurasia.

Aquila Aquilonis
Monday, June 7th, 2004, 10:21 AM
"The very origin of Kazakhs is the result of blending of two races, the European and the Mongoloid," Tatimov said.
Anyone who has seen a Kazakh will say he is flattering them. :D
I am sure most ethnic Russians in Kazakhstan will prefer to come back to their ancestral homeland rather than take part in Eurasian hybridization.

Northern Paladin
Monday, June 7th, 2004, 04:03 PM
Anyone who has seen a Kazakh will say he is flattering them.

True most just appear blantly Mongoloid.


These mixes have been taking place for thousands of years. That is why there is a quite smooth gradient of features from Western to Eastern Eurasia.

The point is this is going to take place within a 50yr Span! Resulting in the first all Eurasian Country.

Dome
Sunday, June 13th, 2004, 12:48 AM
I'm really sceptical about this "eurasian" thing. First, eurasianism is an invention of nationalistic russian intellectuals who advocated a "eurasian identity" where the russians would of course play the major role. Now prez Nazarbaev adopted this ideology and put his own twist to it.
Secondly, kazakhs are already a mixture of caucasoid and mongoloid peoples, with mongoloid features dominating almost completely, but still they look kind of weird, with uncharacteristically big noses, weird shaped eyes etc. So when they mix with already mixed-a-little-bit russians, tatar and uzbeks they will probly turn out like they're now.

And true mixtures of races are extremely rare anyway, one of the races almost inevitably dominates. Like in Uzbekistan there is a sharp contrast between sarts and the original uzbeks from Siberia.

Oh and Kazakhstani russians will probly stay put, as genuine kazakh culture is non-existant and russian ways are still the way. Ont op of that, Kazakhstan is doing better than Russia, economically and socially.