First, groups can pass on their cultural practices from one generation to the next through leisure activity. Elders in Aboriginal culture often teach special skills and the old ways to their children and grandchildren through leisure. Second, the use of leisure as a renewal of cultural practice can also lead to healing so often referred to by Aboriginal people. Aboriginal communities are often inflicted with many addictions and negative behaviors which have threatened their actual survival. Leisure has been used as a forum through which healing takes place, especially among the youth. Third, leisure activity can be used as an agent of interface between one culture and another. For example, ice hockey in Canada is often used by Aboriginal people to enter and learn the rules of the dominant culture. Additionally, these leisure activities are often a means for two cultures to interact and stereotypes can be broken down as a result of this contact. “ (Reid and Welke)
Historical evidence suggests that the sports and recreational activities are human activities which developed as men evolved with the passage of time. It is often argued that while defining a culture whether the play and recreational activities should become part of the culture or not. Culture is often been described as the expression of human behavior in its different modes of living and thinking and its every day activities therefore with that domain play and leisure activities are often considered as part of the culture. (Nakornkhet). However as the human evolution took place, the form of play and leisure started to differ according to the various cultures and communities within which different classes of human beings started to live. It was because of this reason that the different cultures evolved different kinds of play and leisure activities of their own.
This work will undertake to study the play and leisure activities within Asian cultures however before discussing the issue a theoretical