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Saturday, March 31, 2012

More About SEA: Cham

The Cham people are an ethnic group of Southeast Asia. They may be found in Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, etc. They form the core of the Muslim community of Cambodia and Vietnam. Even so, many Cham are Hindu, or Buddhist.

The Cham are remnants of the kingdom of Champa which flourished from the 7th century to the 18th century.

Cham speak a Malayo-Ploynesia language called Cham. The Cham were, for most of their history, seamen and traders. They dealt much with China. In Hainan they are know as Utsula.

They experienced military conflict with the Khmer Empire.

They were subject to genocide in the Cambodian conflict in which the United States took part.

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