Proto Malay were yellow people. They were Mongoloid originating from Southern China. There were two waves of Malay migration to South East Asia. One was by land from Yunnan and the other was the sea route, starting from Fujian, then Taiwan, then to the other part of Malay land. Below is from Wikipedia.
The Yunnan theory, Mekong river migration (published in 1889) - The theory of Proto Malays originating from Yunnan is supported by R.H Geldern, J.H.C Kern, J.R Foster, J.R Logen, Slamet Muljana and Asmah Haji Omar. Other evidences that support this theory include: stone tools found in Malay Archipelago are analogous to Central Asian tools, similarity of Malay customs and Assam customs, and the fact that the Malay language & Cambodian language are kindred languages because the ancestral home of Cambodians originated at the source of Mekong River.
The Taiwan theory (published in 1997) - The migration of a certain group of Southern Chinese occurred 6,000 years ago, some moved to Taiwan (today's Taiwanese aborigines are their descendents), then to the Philippines and later to Borneo (roughly 4,500 years ago) (today's Dayak and other groups). These ancient people also split with some heading to Sulawesi and others progressing into Java, and Sumatra. The final migration was to the Malay Peninsula roughly 3,000 years ago. A sub-group from Borneo moved to Champa in modern-day Central and South Vietnam roughly 4,500 years ago. There are also traces of the Dong Son and Hoabinhian migration from Vietnam and Cambodia. There was also the Southern Thai migration, from what we know as Pattani today. All these groups share DNA and linguistic origins traceable to the island that is today Taiwan, and the ancestors of these ancient people are traceable to southern China.
Proto Malay was the best navigating race. They sailed and take over islands from the East coast of Africa to the West coast of continental Americas.
Proto Malay is Yellow People
The natives of Fujian are descendant of proto Malay mix with Northern Chinese. Fujian Han Chinese look very different from other Han Chinese. Taiwanese Han Chinese is 90% from Fujian. The purest Malay tribe would probably be the Taiwanese hill tribe. They look remarkably similar to Taiwanese Han Chinese.
When Proto Malay settled in other part of the world, it mixed with other people. Hence, most Malay today lies somewhere between the mongoloid and Australoid phenotype. Filipinos look very yellow. Their gene pool is very close to Taiwanese aboriginals. More remarkably pockets of Malays in Sumatra, Borneo, Sulaweisi still look very yellow. They probably have received very little external genome input.
Most Malay look very brown. Many of these Malay received genes from the Australoid, blacks, Arabs or even Indians.
The Fujian Han Chinese is 60-70% genetically similar to Taiwanese hill tribe. They receive around 35% of their gene from Northern Chinese.
Chang Hui-mei is Taiwanese Malay. She is yellow but with feature very different from Northern Chinese. She exult a undomesticated wild sexual energy not found in Han Chinese.
Dong Li Huo Che are Malay singers from Taiwan. They are yellow. They have interesting phenotype. They can be mistaken for Amerindian. They show strong signs of undomesticated-ness.
A Filipino girl. She is beautiful and is throwing around sexual energy. Filipino is very close genetically to Southern Chinese especially Fujian Chinese. They are almost identical to Taiwanese hill tribe. If this girl could spend less time under the sun, she could be pass off as Fujian Chinese.
Nias girl. Nias is an island, off Sumatra, facing the Indian Ocean. Many neighboring regions like Malaysia, and Sumatra are more Australoid looking. Nias is surprisingly very Mongoloid looking. I have Nias friend who is exactly no different from Fujian Chinese, not only in look. The Nias though anchor in Malay culture give me a feeling not different from Fujian Chinese culture. I cannot say that to Malayan Malay.
Compared to Filipino above, this Nias girl look more sexually reserved and refined. Nias are Christian. The Malay living in Muslim countries seems to hold back on their radiating sexual energies. She look quite domesticated.
Kadazan girl of sabah Malaysia. Kadazans are yellow people.
Another Kadazan girl. You will not be able to tell the difference between many Kadazan and Fujian Chinese. For me, I can tell the difference between Cantonese and Fujian Chinese sometimes, and very often between Fujian Chinese and Northern Chinese.
Iban girls of Sarawak, Malaysia. I have Iban friend. Cannot tell differences in behavior or phenotype between my tribe and Iban. They just speak a different language, somehow I feel a lot of affinity with them.
I am a Fujian Chinese, speaking Min-nan dialect, or more conveniently identify as Taiwanese dialect. I am a 3rd generation Singaporean. I was a backpacker in my younger days. When I traveled around Malay land, I was shock at the similarity in culture between my tribe and many Malay tribe, even though we do not speak the same language. I do not even feel that comfortable with Northern Chinese.
I was also surprise the high degree of similarity between our phenotype.
Many people told me I do not look very Chinese. My family members look Chinese and I am quite an odd one out. Most people commented I look like people from Indochina, such as Vietnamese, Cambodian or Burmese.
I come to conclusion that I am a Sinicized Malay, as all Fujian Chinese are.
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