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Physical Characteristics Of The People

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The Kam people are a minority nationality of 2.96 million people. They comprise people of mixed anthropological heritage. Most of the southern Kam belong to the southern Mongoloid race, either the Tai-Liao type or the southern Chinese type. The Chinese anthropologist Wu Rukang identified this as a direct ancestor of the original Mongoloid race. So the 'Liujiang person' was a direct ancestor of the southern Mongoloid race in southern China and therefore of many communities in southern China. The Kam areas thus became host to people of different nationalities, who intermarried with the Kam, learned the Kam language and culture, and themselves became Kam people. This is the reason why the northern Kam are in the sub-category of the northern Chinese type of the northern Mongoloid race: rather tall, light in skin colour, and with a relatively high rate of mongoloid wrinkles.

Keywords: Kam people; Liujiang person; Mongoloid race; southern China; Wu Rukang



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