12 Facts About East Asia


East Asia is the eastern region of Asia, which is defined in both geographical and ethno-cultural terms.

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The modern states of East Asia include China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan.

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Major religions in East Asia include Buddhism, Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism, Taoism, Ancestral worship, and Chinese folk religion in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Shintoism in Japan, and Christianity, and Musok in Korea.

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Major ethnic groups of East Asia include the Han, Yamato (Japan) and Koreans (North Korea, South Korea).

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The various other regions in East Asia were selective in the Chinese influences they adopted into their local customs.

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Under Emperor Wu of Han, the Han dynasty made China the regional power in East Asia, projecting much of its imperial power on its neighbours.

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In common usage, the term "East Asia" typically refers to a region including Greater China, Japan, and Korea.

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The Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia defines the region as "China, Japan, the Koreas, Nepal, Mongolia, and eastern regions of the Russian Federation".

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UNSD definition of East Asia is based on statistical convenience, but others commonly use the same definition of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

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The World Health Organization label this region the "Western Pacific", with East Asia not being used in their concept of major world regions.

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However, being a Eurocentric term, Far East describes the region's geographical position in relation to Europe rather than its location within Asia.

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The relationship between China and its cultural influence on East Asia has been compared to the historical influence of Greco-Roman civilization on Europe and the Western World.

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