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East Asia

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East Asia can be defined in either cultural or geographic terms. Geographically, it is a subregion of Asia, covering about 6,640,000 km², or 15 percent of the Asian continent. Culturally, it embraces the societies that display heavy historical influence from the Classical Chinese language (including the traditional script), Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism, Mahayana Buddhism, and Daoism. This combination of language, political philosophy, and religion overlaps somewhat but not entirely with the geographically eastern subregion of Asia.

The following societies are encompassed by cultural East Asia:

The following countries are located in geographic East Asia:

The following countries or regions are sometimes considered part of East Asia. A major reason for disagreement on this question is that the difference between cultural and geographic definitions is not always taken into account. Political point of view is also an important factor.

More than 1,500 million people, or about 40 per cent of all Asians and a quarter of all the people in the world, live in geographic East Asia. The region is one of the world's most crowded places. The population density of East Asia, 230 per km², is over five times the world average.

Other subregions of Asia

See also


Regions of the world
Africa: Central Africa | Congo | East Africa | Great Lakes | Guinea | North Africa | Northwest Africa | Northeast Africa | Sahel | Southern Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa | Sudan | West Africa
Americas: Andean States | Caribbean | Central America | Great Lakes | Great Plains | Guianas | Latin America | Southern Cone
Asia: Central Asia | East Asia | East Indies | Far East | Indian subcontinent / South Asia | North Asia | Southeast Asia | Southwest Asia (Middle East, Levant, Anatolia, Arabia)
Europe: Balkans | Baltic region | Benelux | British Isles | Central Europe | Eastern Europe | Northern Europe | Scandinavia | Southern Europe | Western Europe
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