The Soviets, in an effort to divide the Turkic people into more easily governable subdivisions, labeled Turks, Tajiks, Sarts, Qipchaqs, Khojas, and others as Uzbek, doubling the size of the ethnicity to four million in 1924.
There are still "arranged marriages" in small villages, where marrying straight of high school is not uncommon (I don't mean arranged by a woman being presented with resumes, but, rather, friends' of the family or distant relatives setting up their children together, or encouraging that set-up).And I have to thank you, Otrapuse.lv, that we met each other and for our great love!!! Diana noticed me because of my beard, whereas what caught my eye was her green dress.We are a very happy, harmonious and faithful couple. Some chitchat and jokes, and we started to write to each other, soon we switched to SMS and long telephone calls, and after a few weeks we decided to meet in person.Some people have assimilated with seemingly little concern.Many Tajiks consider themselves Uzbek, though they retain the Tajik language; this may be because they have long shared an urban lifestyle, which was more of a bond than ethnic labels. Many Qipchaqs eschew intermarriage, live a nomadic lifestyle, and identify more closely with the Kyrgyz who live across the border from them.