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Old 11-26-2012, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Murphy, TX
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I always found it interesting that all of Asia is 1 continent. Consider this:

1.) Asia contains 60% of world population (#1 in world)
2.) 30% of world's landmass (#1 in world)
3.) Is the most diverse culturally in world

It is very interesting when you can call more than half of human race Asians. Asia contains drastically different cultures/countries like Israel, Iran, most of Russia, India, Cambodia, China, Japan, etc. It is nowhere near as homogenous as Europe, N. America, S. America, Austrialia, or even Africa.

Of course this why you have so MANY subdivision of Asia into more similar regions suchs as: Middle East, Central Asia, East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia/Indian subcontinent.

In all honestly, I think it would make more sense to regroup Asian into more coherent continents instead calling this huge landmass and most of world Asians!
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:40 PM
 
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actually Europe & Asia are the same landmass, but they were separated for cultural reasons, which makes no sense because the part that they named "Asia" definitely does not share the same culture, and neither does the part that they named "Europe"
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Canada
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actually Europe & Asia are the same landmass, but they were separated for cultural reasons, which makes no sense because the part that they named "Asia" definitely does not share the same culture, and neither does the part that they named "Europe"
The Greeks and Romans named it that before anyone had a decent grasp of the geography of the place. They just knew the Black Sea and Mediterranean cut Southern Europe off from it by land and that the Red Sea and desert cut Asia off from Africa.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I always found it interesting that all of Asia is 1 continent. Consider this:

1.) Asia contains 60% of world population (#1 in world)
2.) 30% of world's landmass (#1 in world)
3.) Is the most diverse culturally in world

It is very interesting when you can call more than half of human race Asians. Asia contains drastically different cultures/countries like Israel, Iran, most of Russia, India, Cambodia, China, Japan, etc. It is nowhere near as homogenous as Europe, N. America, S. America, Austrialia, or even Africa.

Of course this why you have so MANY subdivision of Asia into more similar regions suchs as: Middle East, Central Asia, East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia/Indian subcontinent.

In all honestly, I think it would make more sense to regroup Asian into more coherent continents instead calling this huge landmass and most of world Asians!
Probably because EUROPE was very EUROCENTRIC. They created the concepts of the continents, and anything 'east' was considered Asia.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:47 PM
 
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Euraisa should be divided into sub continent's, with europe being a subcontinent, along with arabia, and the indian sub continent. East and south east, being called the actual asia, and the middle eurasia replacing what is left over.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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Actually, what we call Asia is less than a full continent.

The operative definition of a continent is a unified land mass, largely separated from other unified land masses. The Americas are connected by a narrow isthmus, as is Africa from Eurasia, but a spin of a globe will pretty clearly show that the world is divided into four continental land masses -- two pairs that are in close proximity connected by a narrow isthmus.

If you want to divide the world up into different cultural regions, separating China from Arabia from Europe, you're going to have to coin a new word for those divisions. The word "continent" is already taken, and it means something else.

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Old 12-01-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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Continent is strictly speaking a geographical term, but as pointed out by Smitchell Europe and Asia are actually the same continental plate. Technically, Eurasia was also connected/is connected to Africa but is not of the same plate. India is an obvious example of a bit of an outlier, that's why it's called the 'sub-continent.'
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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maybe a bit off-topic but just wondering. russians are usually called russians. interestingly though, their country belongs to asia, but their descent is distinctly more european. are they called asians or europeans? anyone that is usually referred to as asian typically has the middle-eastern/chino/malay look, but the russians dont look like any of those descents.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:02 PM
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Location: Malaysia & Singapore
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maybe a bit off-topic but just wondering. russians are usually called russians. interestingly though, their country belongs to asia, but their descent is distinctly more european. are they called asians or europeans? anyone that is usually referred to as asian typically has the middle-eastern/chino/malay look, but the russians dont look like any of those descents.
Most of the Russian population live in the European part of the country, despite being far smaller in landmass than its Asian part. The political, cultural, and economic heart of Russia lies in Europe. Russians (by this, I mean ethnic Russians) are Slavics, which draw them closer to their cousins in Eastern Europe.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:46 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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maybe a bit off-topic but just wondering. russians are usually called russians. interestingly though, their country belongs to asia, but their descent is distinctly more european. are they called asians or europeans? anyone that is usually referred to as asian typically has the middle-eastern/chino/malay look, but the russians dont look like any of those descents.
The natives of Asian Russia look like North East Asians (think Koreans or Inuit as the closest approximation to anyone not familiar with their look). Russia gradually annexed the country during the reigns of several of the Czars. Siberia is of course not part of the original Russian homeland.
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