Sub-subject: Religious diversity in the ASEAN: Strength or threat? Syllabus:
Sample of the Sub-subject: Religions of the ASEAN countries
Sub-Subject Description (ASEAN Religions):
The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar) are not a homogeneous block:
In the ASEAN region (South-east Asia), cohabits democratic regimes with authoritarian or military dictatorships (Myanmar).
In the ASEAN countries, there are local born citizens of ethnic Chinese, Arabic or Hindu.
From the economic point of view, there are huge differences between the ASEAN-6 economies and the four CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Burma, and Vietnam).
Islam is the largest religion in the ASEAN (official religion of Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia), the Buddhists bloc of the ASEAN countries consists of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, and Vietnam. The Philippines is mainly Christian.
Although the official language of the ASEAN is English practically every country or even region, speaks a different language.
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If we compare the ASEAN with, for example, the European Union (EU); it is easy to see that the European Union could be considered almost as a monolithic block from the religious point of view.