East Asia

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East Asia
Location of East Asia
States
Dependencies
Major cities
Area[note 1]
 • Total 11,839,074 km2 (4,571,092 sq mi)
Population (2016)[note 2]
 • Total 1,641,908,531
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Languages and language families
East Asia
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 东亚/东亚细亚
Traditional Chinese 東亞/東亞細亞
Tibetan name
Tibetan ཨེ་ཤ་ཡ་ཤར་མ་
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese alphabet Đông Á
Chữ Hán 東亞
Korean name
Hangul 동아시아/동아세아/동아
Hanja 東아시아/東亞細亞/東亞
Mongolian name
Mongolian Зүүн Ази
ᠵᠡᠭᠦᠨ ᠠᠽᠢ
Japanese name
Kana ひがしアジア/とうあ
Kyūjitai 東亞細亞/東亞
Shinjitai 東亜細亜(東アジア)/東亜
Uyghur name
Uyghur
شەرقىي ئاسىي
Russian name
Russian Восточная Азия
Romanization Vostochnaja Azija

East Asia is the eastern subregion of the Asian continent, which can be defined in either geographical[3] or pan-ethno-cultural[4] terms. Geographically and geopolitically, it includes China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan; it covers about 12,000,000 km2 (4,600,000 sq mi), or about 28% of the Asian continent. GDP(PPP) of East Asia is 32.4 trillion while Nominal GDP is 19.1 trillion USD.

East Asians comprise around 1.6 billion people. About 38% of the population of Asia and 22%, or over one fifth, of world's population lives in East Asia. Although the coastal and riparian areas of the region form one of the world's most populated places, the population in Mongolia and Western China, both landlocked areas, is very sparsely distributed, with Mongolia having the lowest population density of a sovereign state. The overall population density of the region is 133 inhabitants per square kilometre (340/sq mi), about three times the world average of 45/km2 (120/sq mi).

Historically, societies in East Asia have been part of the Chinese cultural sphere, and East Asian vocabulary and scripts are often derived from Classical Chinese and Chinese script. Major religions include Buddhism (mostly Mahayana[5]), Confucianism or Neo-Confucianism, Taoism, Chinese folk religion in China and Taiwan, Shinto in Japan, Korean shamanism in Korea. Shamanism is also prevalent among Mongolians and other indigenous populations of northern East Asia such as the Manchus and Ewenki.[6][7] Islam is popular in Northwest China and Kazaks in Mongolia.The Chinese calendar is the root from which many other East Asian calendars are derived.

History[edit]

In comparison with the profound influence of the Ancient Greeks and Romans on Europe and the Western World, China would already possess an advanced civilization nearly half a millennia before Japan and Korea.[8] Subsequent Chinese Dynasties exerted enormous influence across East Asia culturally, economically, politically and militarily for over two millennia.[9] Cultural and religious interaction between the Chinese and other regional East Asian dynasties and kingdoms occurred. As Chinese civilization existed for about 1500 years before other East Asian civilizations emerged into history, China would exert enormous cultural, economic, technological, and political muscle on its neighbors.[10][11][12] The Imperial Chinese tributary system shaped much of East Asia's history for over 2000 years due to Imperial China's economic and cultural dominance over the region, and thus played a huge role in the history of East Asia in particular.[13][14] The transmission of advanced Chinese cultural practices and ways of thinking greatly shaped the region up until the 19th century.[15]

As East Asia's connections with Europe and the Western world strengthened during the late 19th century, China's power began to decline. U.S.Commodore Matthew C. Perry would open Japan to Western ways, and the country would expand in earnest after the 1860s.[16] Around the same time, Japan with its rush to modernity transformed itself from an isolated feudal samurai state into East Asia's first industrialized nation.[17] The modern and powerful Japan would galvanize it's position in the Orient as East Asia's greatest power with a global mission poised to advance to lead the entire world.[18] With its newly found international status, Japan would begin to inextricably take a more active and leading role in world affairs. Flexing its nascent political and military might, Japan would soundly defeat the stagnant Qing Dynasty during the First Sino-Japanese War as well as vanquishing imperial rival Russia in 1905, the first major military victory in the modern era of an East Asian power over a European one.[19][20] It's hegemony was the heart of an empire that would include Taiwan and Korea.[21] During World War II, Japanese expansionism with its imperialist aspirations through the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere would incorporate Korea, Taiwan, much of eastern China and Manchuria, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia under its control.[22] Following Japan's defeat in the war, the Korean peninsula became independent but then it was divided into two rival states, while Taiwan became the main territory of de facto state Republic of China after the latter lost mainland China to the People's Republic of China in the Chinese Civil War.

United Nations Statistics Division[edit]

East Asia map of Köppen climate classification.
UNSD geoscheme for Asia based on statistic convenience rather than implying any assumption regarding political or other affiliation of countries or territories:[23]
  East Asia

The UNSD definition of East Asia is based on statistical convenience,[23] but also other common definitions of East Asia contain the entirety of China (including Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau), Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.[3][24]

Culturally, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam are commonly seen as being encompassed by cultural East Asia (East Asian cultural sphere).[4][25][26][27]

Alternative definitions[edit]

There are mixed debates around the world whether these countries or regions should be considered in East Asia or not.

In business and economics, "East Asia" is sometimes used to refer to a wide geographical area covering ten Southeast Asian countries in ASEAN, People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. However, in this context, the term "Far East" is often more appropriate which covers ASEAN countries and the countries in East Asia. However, being a Eurocentric term, Far East describes the region's geographical position in relation to Europe rather than its location within Asia. Alternatively, the term "Asia Pacific Region" is often used in describing East Asia, Southeast Asia as well as Oceania.

Observers preferring a broader definition of "East Asia" often use the term Northeast Asia to refer to the greater China area, Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan, with Southeast Asia covering the ten ASEAN countries. This usage, which is seen in economic and diplomatic discussions, is at odds with the historical meanings of both "East Asia" and "Northeast Asia".[28][29][30] The Council on Foreign Relations defines Northeast Asia as Japan and Korea.[31]

Economy[edit]

State/Territory GDP nominal
billions of USD (2017)[32]
GDP nominal per capita
USD (2017)[32]
GDP PPP
billions of USD (2017)[32]
GDP PPP per capita
USD (2017)[32]
 China 11,937.562 8,583 23,122.027 16,624
 Hong Kong 334.104 44,999 453.019 61,015
 Macau 51.160 79,563 73.579 114,430
 Japan 4,884.489 38,550 5,405.072 42,659
 North Korea N/A N/A N/A N/A
 South Korea 1529.743 29,730 2,026.651 39,387
 Mongolia 10.869 3,553 38.395 12,551
 Taiwan 571.453 24,227 1175.308 49,827

Territorial and regional data[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Flag Common Name Official Name
Exonym Endonym Exonym Endonym
China China 中国 People's Republic of China 中华人民共和国
Hong Kong Hong Kong 香港 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
of the People's Republic of China
中華人民共和國香港特別行政區
Macau Macau 澳門 Macao Special Administrative Region
of the People's Republic of China
中華人民共和國澳門特別行政區
Japan Japan 日本 State of Japan 日本国
Mongolia Mongolia Монгол Улс Mongolia Монгол Улсᠮᠣᠩᠭᠤᠯ
ᠤᠯᠤᠰ
North Korea North Korea 조선 Democratic People's Republic of Korea 조선민주주의인민공화국 (朝鮮民主主義人民共和國)
South Korea South Korea 한국 Republic of Korea 대한민국 (大韓民國)
Taiwan Taiwan[33] 臺灣 / 台灣 Republic of China 中華民國

Demographics[edit]

State/Territory Area km2 Population[34]
(2016)
Population density
per km2
HDI Capital
 China 9,640,011[35] 1,403,500,365 138 0.727 Beijing
 Hong Kong 1,104 7,302,843 6,390 0.912 Hong Kong
 Macau 30 612,167 18,662 0.892 Macau
 Japan 377,930 127,748,513 337 0.891 Tokyo
 North Korea 120,538 25,368,620 198 0.595 Pyongyang[36]
 South Korea 100,210 50,791,919 500 0.898 Seoul
 Mongolia 1,564,100 3,027,398 2 0.698 Ulaanbaatar
 Taiwan 36,188 23,556,706 639 0.884 Taipei[37]

Major ethnic groups[edit]

Ethnicity Native name Population Language(s) Writing system(s) Major states/territories* Physical Appearance
Han/Chinese 漢人 or 汉人, 漢族 or 汉族 1,220,000,000[38] Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Hokkien, Hakka, Gan, Hsiang, etc. Simplified Han characters, Traditional Han characters China (Hong KongMacau) TaiwanJapanSouth Korea
Yellow and green hanfu.jpg
Yamato/Japanese 日本族 (にほんぞく)
大和民族 (やまとみんぞく)
125,117,000[39] Japanese Han characters (Kanji), Katakana, Hiragana Japan
Kimono lady at Gion, Kyoto.jpg
Joseon/Korean 한민족 (韓民族)
조선족 (朝鮮族)
79,432,225[40] Korean Hangul, Han characters (Hanja) South KoreaNorth KoreaChinaJapan
KOCIS Korea Hanbok-AoDai FashionShow 43 (9766406474).jpg
Mongols Монголчууд/ᠮᠣᠩᠭ᠋ᠣᠯᠴᠤᠳ
Монгол/ᠮᠣᠩᠭ᠋ᠣᠯ
8,942,528 Mongolian Mongol script, Cyrillic script ChinaMongolia
Hamtdaa Mongolian Arts Culture Masks - 0064 (5568565844).jpg
Zhuang 壮族/Bouxcuengh 18,000,000[41] Zhuang, Cantonese, Southwestern Mandarin, etc. Simplified Han characters, Latin script China
Zhuang's beautiful maiden in Chongzuo Fusui.jpg
Manchus 满族/ᠮᠠᠨᠵᡠ 10,422,873[42] Northeastern Mandarin, Manchurian (endangered), etc. Simplified Han characters, Mongol script China
Manchu bride. John Thomson. China, 1871-1872. The Wellcome Collection, London.jpg
Hui 回族/回回 10,586,087[43] Northwestern Mandarin, other Chinese Dialects, Huihui language, etc. Simplified Han characters China
HuiChineseMuslim3.jpg
Uyghurs ئۇيغۇر 10,069,346[44] Uyghur Arabic script,Latin script(auxiliary)[45] China[46]
Khotan-mercado-gente-uigur-d01.jpg
Hmong/Miao Ghaob Xongb/Hmub/Mongb 9,426,007[47] Hmong, Southwestern Mandarin Latin script, Simplified Han characters China
贵州黔东南苗族女性(a Miao woman in Qiandongnan,Guizhou).jpg
Tibetans བོད་པ་ 6,500,000 Tibetan, Rgyal Rong, Rgu, etc. Tibetan script China
People of Tibet46.jpg
Bai 白族 1,858,063 Bai, Southwestern Mandarin Latin script, Simplified Han characters China
Bai 5.JPG
Yi ꆈꌠ/彝族 8,714,393 Various Loloish, Southwestern Mandarin Yi script, Simplified Han characters China
Ethnic Yi China Costume.jpg
Tujia 土家族 8,353,912 Northern Tujia, Southern Tujia Simplified Han characters China
Tujia women.jpg
Kam Gaeml 2,879,974 Gaeml Simplified Han characters, Latin script China
Ethic Dong Liping Guizhou China.jpg
Tu 土族/Monguor 289,565 Tu, Northwestern Mandarin Simplified Han characters China
Nadun Picture 1.jpg
Daur 达斡尔族/ᠳᠠᠭᠤᠷ 131,992 Daur, Northeastern Mandarin Mongol script, Simplified Han characters ChinaMongolia
Daur woman smiling.jpg
Russians русские 15,393 Russian, Northwestern Mandarin Cyrillic script, Simplified Han characters China
Three different nationalities on Kitaiskaia Street.JPG
Mountain Tajiks تاجيک 3,556 Sarikoli, Wakhi Arabic script China
Taiwanese Aborigines Pangcah, etc. 533,600 Austronesian languages (Amis, Yami), etc. Latin script, Traditional Han characters Taiwan
Tao1.jpg

*Note: The order of states/territories follows the population ranking of each ethnicity, within East Asia only.

Culture[edit]

Overview[edit]

The culture of East Asia has largely been influenced by China, as it was the civilization that had the most dominant influence in the region throughout the ages that ultimately laid the foundation for East Asian civilization.[48] The vast knowledge and ingenuity of Chinese civilization and the classics of Chinese literature and culture were seen as the foundations for a civilized life in East Asia. Evidence of this can be seen in the adoption of Confucian ethical philosophy, Chinese calendar system, political and legal systems, architectural style, diet, terminology, institutions, religious beliefs, imperial examinations that emphasized a knowledge of Chinese classics, political philosophy and culture, as well as historically sharing a common writing system reflected in the histories of Japan and Korea.[49][50][51][52][53][54] The Imperial Chinese tributary system was the bedrock of network of trade and foreign relations between China and its East Asian tributaries, which helped to shape much of East Asian affairs during the ancient and medieval eras. Through the tributary system, the various dynasties of Imperial China facilitated frequent economic and cultural exchange that influenced the cultures of Japan and Korea and drew them into a Chinese international order.[55][56] The Imperial Chinese tributary system shaped much of East Asia's foreign policy and trade for over 2000 years due to Imperial China's economic and cultural dominance over the region, and thus played a huge role in the history of East Asia in particular.[57][58] The relationship between China and it's cultural influence on East Asia has been compared to the historical influence of Greco-Roman civilization on Europe and the Western World.[53][59][60]

Religions[edit]

Religion Native name Denomination Major book Type Est. Followers Major ethnicities Major states/territories
Chinese religion none, various classifications including 民間信仰, 神教/神道, etc. Taoism, Confucianism, folk salvationist sects, Wuism, Nuo Chinese classics, Huangdi Sijing, precious scrolls, etc. Pantheism/polytheism ~900,000,000[61][62] Han, Hmong, Qiang, Tujia (worship of the same ancestor-gods) China (Hong Kong Macau) Taiwan
Taoism 道教 Zhengyi, Quanzhen Tao Te Ching Pantheism/polytheism ~20,000,000[62] Han, Zhuang, Hmong, Yao, Qiang, Tujia China (Hong Kong Macau) Taiwan
Confucianism 儒教 Cheng-Zhu, Lu-Wang Four Books and Five Classics Immanent transcendence/pantheism N/A Han, Joseon, Yamato etc. China (Hong Kong Macau) Japan South Korea Taiwan
East Asian Buddhism 漢傳佛教 or 汉传佛教 Mahayana Diamond Sutra Non-God ~300,000,000 Han, Joseon, Yamato, Manchus etc. China (Hong Kong Macau) Japan South Korea Taiwan
Tibetan Buddhism བོད་བརྒྱུད་ནང་བསྟན། Mahayana Anuttarayoga Tantra Non-God ~10,000,000 Tibetans, Manchus, Mongols, Han etc. China Mongolia
Shamanism[63] and Bon, etc Бөө мөргөл , བོན N/A N/A Polytheism/pantheism N/A Tibetans, Manchus, Mongols, Oroqen, Han etc. China Mongolia
Shinto 神道 Shinto sects Kojiki, Nihon Shoki Polytheism/pantheism N/A Yamato Japan
Sindo/Muism 신도 or 무교 Sindo sects N/A Polytheism/pantheism N/A Joseon South Korea

Festivals[edit]

Festival Native Name Other name Calendar Date Gregorian date Activity Religious practices Food Major ethnicities Major states/territories
Chinese New Year 春節 or 春节 Spring Festival Chinese Month 1 Day 1 21 Jan–20 Feb Family Reunion, Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping, Fireworks Worship the King of Gods Jiaozi Han, Joseon, Manchus etc. China(Hong KongMacau) North Korea South Korea Mongolia Taiwan
New Year 元旦 Yuan Dan Gregorian 1 Jan 1 Jan Fireworks N/A N/A N/A China(Hong KongMacau) Japan North Korea South Korea Mongolia Taiwan
Losar or Tsagaan Sar ལོ་གསར་ or Цагаан сар White Moon Tibetan, Mongolian Month 1 Day 1 25 Jan–2 Mar Family Reunion, Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping, Fireworks N/A Chhaang or Buuz Tibetans, Mongols, Tu etc. ChinaMongolia
Lantern Festival 元宵節 or 元宵节 Upper Yuan Festival (上元节) Chinese Month 1 Day 15 4 Feb–6 Mar Lanterns Expo, Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping Birthdate of the God of Sky-officer Yuanxiao Han, Joseon, Yamato China(Hong KongMacau) North Korea South Korea Japan Taiwan*
Qingming Festival 清明節 or 清明节 Tomb Sweeping Day Solar 15th day since March equinox 4 Apr–6 April Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping Burning Hell money Cold Food Han, Joseon, Mongols China(Hong KongMacau) North Korea South Korea Taiwan
Dragon Boat Festival 端午節 or 端午节 Duanwu Festival Chinese Month 5 Day 5 Driving poisons & plague away, Dragon Boat Race, Wearing colored lines, Hanging felon herb on the front door. Worship various Gods Zongzi Han, Joseon, Yamato China(Hong KongMacau) North Korea South Korea Japan Taiwan*
Ghost Festival 中元節 or 中元节 Mid Yuan Festival Chinese Month 7 Day 15 Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping Birthdate of the God of Earth-officer Han, Joseon, Yamato China(Hong KongMacau) North Korea South Korea Japan Taiwan*
Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節 or 中秋节 中秋祭 Chinese Month 8 Day 15 Family Reunion, Enjoying Moon view Worship the Moon Goddess Mooncake Han, Joseon, Yamato China(Hong KongMacau) North Korea South Korea Japan Taiwan*
Double Ninth Festival 重陽節 or 重阳节 Double Positive Festival Chinese Month 9 Day 09 Climbing Mountain, Taking care of elderly, Wearing Cornus. Worship various Gods Han, Joseon, Yamato China(Hong KongMacau) North Korea South Korea Japan Taiwan*
Lower Yuan Festival 下元節 or 下元节 N/A Chinese Month 10 Day 15 Ancestors Worship, Tomb Sweeping Birthdate of the God of Water-officer Ciba Han China(Hong KongMacau) North Korea South Korea Taiwan
Small New Year 小年 Jizao (祭灶) Chinese Month 12 Day 23 Cleaning Houses Worship the God of Hearth tanggua Han, Mongols China(Hong KongMacau) Mongolia Taiwan
International Labor Day N/A N/A Gregorian 1 May 1 May N/A N/A N/A N/A China(Hong KongMacau) Mongolia Taiwan
International Women's Day N/A N/A Gregorian 8 Mar 8 Mar Taking care of women N/A N/A N/A China(Hong KongMacau) North Korea Mongolia Taiwan

*Japan switched the date to the Gregorian calendar after the Meiji Restoration.

*Not always on that Gregorian date, sometimes April 4.

Collaboration[edit]

East Asian Youth Games[edit]

Formerly the East Asian Games is a multi-sport event organised by the East Asian Games Association (EAGA) and held every four years since 2019 among athletes from East Asian countries and territories of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), as well as the Pacific island of Guam, which is a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees.

The East Asian Games is 1 of 5 Regional Games of the OCA. The others are the East Asian Games, the Central Asian Games, the South Asian Games, the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), and the West Asian Games. All nigh East Asian States/Territories join this Game.

Free trade agreements[edit]

Name of agreement Parties Leaders at the time Negotiation begins Signing date Starting time Current status
China–South Korea FTA China South Korea Xi Jinping, Park Geun-hye May, 2012 Jun 01, 2015 Dec 30, 2015 Enforced
China–Japan–South Korea FTA China Japan South Korea Xi Jinping, Shinzō Abe, Park Geun-hye Mar 26, 2013 N/A N/A 10 round negotiation
Japan-Mongolia EPA Japan Mongolia Shinzō Abe, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj - Feb 10, 2015 - Enforced
China-Mongolia FTA China Mongolia Xi Jinping, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj N/A N/A N/A Officially proposed
Mainland-HK CEPA China Hong Kong Jiang Zemin, Tung Chee-hwa - Jun 29, 2003 - Enforced
Mainland-Macau CEPA China Macau Jiang Zemin, Edmund Ho Hau-wah - Oct 18, 2003 - Enforced
Hong Kong-Macau CEPA Hong Kong Macau Carrie Lam, Fernando Chui Oct 09, 2015 N/A N/A Negotiating
ECFA China Taiwan Hu Jintao, Ma Ying-jeou Jan 26, 2010 Jun 29, 2010 Aug 17, 2010 Enforced
CSSTA (Based on ECFA) China Taiwan Xi Jinping, Ma Ying-jeou Mar, 2011 Jun 21, 2013 N/A Abolished
CSGTA (Based on ECFA) China Taiwan Hu Jintao, Ma Ying-jeou Feb 22, 2011 N/A N/A Suspended

Military alliances[edit]

Name Abbr. Parties within the region
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation SCO China(Hong KongMacau)
General Security of Military Information Agreement GSOMIA JapanSouth Korea
Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty - China(Hong KongMacau) North Korea
Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan - United States(GuamNorthern Mariana Islands) Japan
Mutual Defense Treaty Between the United States and the Republic of Korea - United States(GuamNorthern Mariana Islands) South Korea
Taiwan Relations Act (Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty before 1980) TRA (SAMDT) United States(GuamNorthern Mariana Islands) Taiwan
Major non-NATO ally (Global Partners of NATO) - NATOUnited States(GuamNorthern Mariana Islands)AustraliaJapanSouth KoreaTaiwan[64]

Major cities and towns[edit]

Pass of the ISS over Mongolia, looking out west towards the Pacific Ocean, China, and Japan. As the video progresses, you can see major cities along the coast and the Japanese islands on the Philippine Sea. The island of Guam can be seen further down the pass into the Philippine Sea, and the pass ends just to the east of New Zealand. A lightning storm can be seen as light pulses near the end of the video.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The area figure is based on the combined areas of China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Mongolia, North Korea & South Korea, Taiwan and Japan as listed at List of countries and outlying territories by total area.
  2. ^ The population figure is the combined populations of China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and Republic of China (Taiwan) as listed at the 2017 revision of the World Population Prospects

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