Western society has commonly amalgamated all Northeast Asian culture into the category of Chinese culture, when it is in fact comprised of many cultures and segments of ethnic groups that have developed their own identities and distinctive cultures throughout history. At present, these cultures are grouped according to nation: China, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, and part of Russia (Siberia). However, 15 centuries

ago, the ethnic group (or tribe) was more important than the nation in distinguishing the way of life for a people.