Historical cultural integration once sought in Russia from Asia but was always considered physically difficult created a geographical and cultural lean towards Western Europe. Another result over time naturally was a genetic disposition towards Western Europe, leading to Genetic Social Psychology towards European. “Traditionally, there has been limited migration from Asia because of vast geological barriers, such as the Siberian tundra, the Mongolian desert, and the Caucasus and Sayan Mountains. Those areas are not only basically uninhabitable but also stretch for such large distances as to make passage across them treacherous if not impossible during certain times of the year” (PSU). The geographic barriers caused migrations south and away from what is Russia from Asia. Interestingly, in the modern times mixing became common. I would like to explore and make some assumptions and predictions of what is possible against what is likely (due to the created Cultural/genetic factors which have led to social separation).
Eurasian makeup genetically has increased in recent times due to economic factors at the borders of Asia and Russia as well as implementation of travel and business factors. It is of my opinion, the factors that make Russia similar to Asia, especially China, are strangely co-habitable but likely unable in modern times to form a co-existence for their advantage in the world stage. To Clarify, Russia’s Western European cultural/genetic factors in history have created a classification to a primarily white genetic makeup against Asian genetic makeup primarily in Mongolia/China. The alternative could have been a closer genetic median or regression line at their borders seeping East or West much stronger kept from being possible due to geological and geographic barriers. Today with migration over time this has become more apparent in reality.
The dark purple areas are in the heart of Russia and south into Kazakhstan where it is apparent the representative higher Eastern Asian mixture. “The Russian Far East is becoming China’s safety valve, much like Mexico lets off population pressures with migration into the United States. China has more than 1.2 billion people — more than eight times Russia’s population. Only 7.4 million Russians populate the entire Russian Far East, versus more than 70 million in northeast China. The Russian Far East is comparatively empty, with only 1.3 people per kilometer. China’s Manchurian population has increased 13 percent in a little more than a decade.” (Zeihan)
Social Psychology states people are more likely to be attracted to those closer like themselves. Cultural appropriation and social factors as well as history such as two world wars shifts the Social economic idea despite changing genetic disposition of Russia as a country towards Western Europe. China’s economic rise and Russia’s economic difficulty could make the natural migration a key into identity changes. “It is possible that over time local authorities will formally or informally manage to establish closer ties, producing greater opportunities for population movement. If the economic crisis, ongoing in 2009, eventually leads to greater regional independence, the Far Eastern governments might find ways to expand cross-border ties. But thus far, economic conditions on both sides make large-scale migration unlikely. There is a path dependency in existing patterns that can be altered only by purposive action. The failure to establish solid networks during the boom years will have a lasting impact even if economic recovery is rapid. Even without more intensive regional development, changed attitudes, particularly on the Russian side, could help to establish an environment more conducive to labor migration. This would require a cognitive shift on the part of Russian political leaders. But as we have indicated in the present paper, there is not much basis for believing such a change is imminent.” (Repnikova, Belzar)
Barriers into change have to do with Power Distance and Individualism of Russia created over history, genetics and cultural differences. The strategy to align with Eastern Europe initially is common, per Russian culture. ” Russian culture places a high value on the homeland and on family, according to Talia Wagner, a marriage and family therapist with a specialty in cultural dynamics. “The Soviet rule left its impression on the culture, creating a fundamental fear and mistrust of those outside the family, extended family and other close familial connections,” she told Live Science. The Communist Party ruled Russia and neighboring territories for more than 70 years, uniting them into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The Soviet Union broke up in 1991. The challenges families faced under communism left individuals highly dependent on family support, which oftentimes required the combining of resources to survive,” Wagner continued. “This created a culture that highly values extended family and maintaining close friendships.”(Bradford)
I believe the changes in modern times are subtly underestimated. Each day it seems the integration of cultures in every country: racially, geographically and culturally is shifting and being leveraged politically as well as instigating internal changes in families and people. There is a school of thought adjustment towards the classifications in an ethnic manner will always be enforced by the ethnic countries themselves, but today with the communication such as the internet, gives a manner of creativity into other countries not before seen. Many such as communist countries like Russia/China have censored this communication, but with the natural knowledge into other peoples and cultures, will always be the natural assimilation into the whole.
Pennsylvania State University. (n.d.). Lesson 13: Eastern Europe and Russian Population. In OLEAD 410: Leadership in a Global Context: Spring 2019 [Class module]. Retrieved from https://psu.instructure.com/courses/1964331/modules/items/25821740
Repnikova, M., Belzar, H. China Migration to Russia: Missed Opportunities Retrieved from https://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/No3_ChineseMigtoRussia.pdf
Zeihan, Peter Analysis: Russia’s Far East Turing Chinese ABC News Retrieved from https://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=82969&page=1
Bradford, A. Russian Culture: Facts Customs and Traditions. Retrieved from: https://www.livescience.com/44154-russian-culture.html