What is Asia?

  • (noun): The largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations.
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Asia

Asia (i/ˈeɪʒə/ or /ˈeɪʃə/) is the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. It covers 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area (or 30% of its land area) and with approximately 4.3 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world's current human population. During the 20th century Asia's population nearly quadrupled.

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2000s In Music - Asia - India
... The music of South Asia has influenced Europe's pop mainstream as acts like Björk, Bananarama, Erasure, and Siouxsie and the Banshees all released singles or ...
Dana Rohrabacher - U.S. House of Representatives - Committee Assignments
... on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Chairman) Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics ... His subcommittee assignments are East Asia and Pacific, and Middle East and South Asia ...
Milk - History
... around the world from as early as 9000–7000 BC in Southwest Asia to 3500–3000 BC in the Americas ... sheep and goats—were first domesticated in Southwest Asia, although domestic cattle has been independently derived from wild auroch populations several times since ... that show that dairying was practiced in the early phases of agriculture in Southwest Asia, by at least the 7th millennium BC ...
Malaria
... the equator, including much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Americas ... knowlesi, prevalent in Southeast Asia, causes malaria in macaques but can also cause severe infections in humans ... has become a problem in some parts of Southeast Asia ...
Asia - Culture - Nobel Prizes
... Other Asian writers who won Nobel Prizes include Yasunari Kawabata (Japan, 1966), Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan, 1994), Gao Xingjian (China, 2000) and Orhan Pamuk (Turkey, 2006) ... Also, Mother Teresa of India and Shirin Ebadi of Iran were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially for the rights of women and children ...

More definitions of "Asia":

  • (noun): The nations of the Asian continent collectively.

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    So-called Western Civilization, as practised in half of Europe, some of Asia and a few parts of North America, is better than anything else available. Western civilization not only provides a bit of life, a pinch of liberty and the occasional pursuance of happiness, it’s also the only thing that’s ever tried to. Our civilization is the first in history to show even the slightest concern for average, undistinguished, none-too-commendable people like us.
    —P.J. (Patrick Jake)

    I have no doubt that they lived pretty much the same sort of life in the Homeric age, for men have always thought more of eating than of fighting; then, as now, their minds ran chiefly on the “hot bread and sweet cakes;” and the fur and lumber trade is an old story to Asia and Europe.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Incarnate devil in a talking snake,
    The central plains of Asia in his garden,
    In shaping-time the circle stung awake,
    In shapes of sin forked out the bearded apple....
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)