Modern scholarship regards race as a social construct, that is, a symbolic identity created to establish some cultural meaning.While partially based on physical similarities within groups, race is not an inherent physical or biological quality.
A race is a grouping of humans based on shared physical or social qualities into categories generally viewed as distinct by society.
First used to refer to speakers of a common language and then to denote national affiliations, by the 17th century the term race began to refer to physical (phenotypical) traits.
This article is about human races as a social concept and in anthropology.
For the sociological concept, see Race and society. For the term "race" in biology, see Race (biology).
for example in China, where a concept often translated as "race" was associated with supposed common descent from the Yellow Emperor, and used to stress the unity of ethnic groups in China.