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Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent. It covers 8.6% of the Earth's total surface area (or 29.4% of its land area) and, with almost 4 billion people, it contains more than 60% of the world's current human population.

Chiefly in the eastern and northern hemispheres, Asia is traditionally defined as part of the landmass of Africa-Eurasia – with the western portion of the latter occupied by Europe – lying east of the Suez Canal, east of the Ural Mountains, and south of the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian and Black Seas. It is bounded to the east by the Pacific Ocean, to the south by the Indian Ocean, and to the north by the Arctic Ocean.

Given its size and diversity, Asia – a toponym dating back to classical antiquity – is more a cultural concept incorporating a number of regions and peoples than a homogeneous physical entity. From the standpoint of physical geography, Europe and Asia are considered parts of the single continent or supercontinent of Eurasia.

The inaccuracy of "Asian" as a name for a race

There is no "Asian" ethnic group. There are various ethnic groups of Asia, many different Asians. Regardless of their reasons, deep down the cultural Marxists using a euphemism like "Asian" for an ethnic group are saying that the ethnic group is one to be ashamed of.

In the United States in the 20th century, the word "Asian" was chosen as a politically correct term to refer to the oriental/mongoloid race category where it has become so prevalent that the US's census includes this inaccurate term as one of its race categories. This race category compromises one third of Asia on the eastern end and half of the race is located on islands near Asia instead of on the continent itself. The term "Asian" as an inaccurate race label sometimes includes India and sometimes not. The result of this is that people now do not understand the geography of Asia. They think Russia/USSR is entirely in Europe. Western Asia contains many countries such Kazakhstan that contain white people but are in the continent of Asia, which commonly are mistakenly referred to as being in Europe. In addition, this political correctness has resulted in the false geography idea that "The Middle East" is a continent separate from Asia, when it is merely a label to refer to a region in Asia.

Complicating the mess, in the UK and some parts of Europe, they use "Asian" to refer to The Middle East, Pakistan, and ironically North Africa.

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