By convention, the largest and most populous continent

Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres. It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-Eurasia with both Europe and Africa. Asia covers an area of 44,579,000 square kilometers, about 30% of Earth's total land area and 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area. The continent, which has long been home to the majority of the human population, was the site of many of the first civilizations. Asia is notable for not only its overall large size and population, but also dense and large settlements, as well as vast barely populated regions. Its 4.5 billion people constitute roughly 60% of the world's population.

  • Arabian Peninsula - Large peninsula in southwest Asia, between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf
  • Asia, Central - Region in the middle of the Asian continent east of the Caspian Sea
  • Asia, East - Regions of central eastern Asia
  • Asia, Southeast - Peninsular region in southeast Asia, formerly known as Indochina
  • Caucasus - Region of Asia between the Black and the Caspian seas
  • Indian subcontinent - Large region in southern Asia, subsumes the Indian tectonic plate
  • Malay Archipelago - Group of islands in southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans
  • Middle East - The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt


While You Slept: Our Tragedy in Asia and Who Made It
    by John T. Flynn, 1951
Partial contents: The Red Deluge - China's Two Wars - Two Great Designs - Architects of Disaster - The Road to Korea Open - The Great Whitewash - The Pool of Poison - The Hatchet Men - Left Thunder on the Right - The Press and Pink Propaganda

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Asia" as of 17 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.