The following countries or regions are sometimes considered part of East Asia. Political point of view is an important factor contributing to one's views on how the following countries or regions should be categorized:
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 East Asia. The region is one of the world's most crowded places. The population density of East Asia, 230 per kmē, is over five times the world average.
The history of East Asia, as well as parts of Southeast Asia, is heavily influenced by and intertwined with that of China. For example, all East Asian countries have used Chinese characters at some point in their history. The regions of China, Japan, and Korea, which have historically related writing systems, are sometimes collectively referred to as CJK (or CJKV with the inclusion of Vietnam).
EastAsian Studies is a multidisciplinary department teaching and creating new knowledge about that part of the world geographically located in East Asia, embracing the western rim of the Pacific Ocean, and whose society is based on the Confucian tradition.
EastAsian Studies is committed to the study of Chinese, Japanese and Korean as the essential foundation of expertise on these cultures.
EastAsian Studies is a key component in the partnering of international studies with individual cultures.
The EastAsian Tigers singled out education as a means of improving productivity; these nations focused on improving the education system at all levels; heavy emphasis was placed on ensuring that all children attended elementary education and compulsory high school education.
The EastAsian Tigers committed to egalitarianism in the form of land reform, to promote property rights and to ensure that agricultural workers would not become disgruntled.
The EastAsian Tigers were strongly affected by the 1997 Asian financial crisis, which impacted each Tiger to varying degrees.
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