East Asia is the Eastern sub-region of the Asian continent, which can be defined in either geographical or ethno-cultural terms.
China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Taiwan, Mongolia, Korea (North and South) and Japan.
12,000,000 Km2 (4,600,000 Sq mi), or about 28% of the Asian continent, about twice the area of Europe.
The East Asian people comprise more than 1.5 billion people. About 38% of the population of Asia and 22%, or over one fifth, of all the people in the world live in East Asia.
133 inhabitants per square Kilometre (340/Sq mi), about three times the world average of 45/km2 (120/sq mi).
History, Culture and Religion
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), Confucianism or Neo-Confucianism, Taoism, Chinese folk religion in China and Taiwan, Shinto in Japan, Korean shamanism in Korea.