Cultural diversity in East Asia

Even within single countries in Asia, there is lots of cultural diversity, and we see this across all of the Brooklyn Museum’s East Asia galleries. Throughout Chinese history there were many other kingdoms to the north, south, and west of the central Han Chinese-dominated realm, where people spoke different languages and followed different cultural traditions, all providing unique contributions to Chinese culture. Learn more at This project was made possible with generous support from the Freeman Foundation.

Cite this page as: Brooklyn Museum, "Cultural diversity in East Asia," in Smarthistory, September 15, 2021, accessed May 27, 2024,