Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic


  • Amy N. Sharpton
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_51


Usage of the term “Asia” became common in ancient Greece. In antiquity the continent was presumed not to extend past India. Asia’s coastal margin was home to some of the world’s earliest known civilizations, including those that developed in Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and the Huanghe. These civilizations may have exchanged discoveries such as mathematics and the wheel, while other creations appear to have been developed individually in each area. Cities, states, and empires developed in these lowlands.


Because the borders of the landmass are ambiguous, typically Asia is defined from the standpoint of both a cultural concept and a physical entity. Asia is a subregion of the super-continent Eurasia, which contains portions of Europe and Asia. The continent is comprised of eight regions: Central Asia, the Iranian Plateau, East Asia, the Far East, North Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and West Asia.

It is characterized as the largest continent, containing...

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Suggested Readings

  1. Follmi, O. (2008). Asia. New York: Abrams.Google Scholar
  2. Huang, Y. (2008). Capitalism with Chinese characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the state. New York: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Roach, S. (2010). The next Asia: Opportunities and challenges for a new globalization. Hoboken: Wiley.Google Scholar

Suggested Resources

  1. For information on emigration policy. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/
  2. For information on environmental health in Southeast and East Asian countries. http://www.environment-health.asia/
  3. World Health Organization. For information on South-East Asia from the World Health Organization. http://www.searo.who.int/

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy N. Sharpton
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  1. 1.Department of Veterans AffairsLouis Stokes DVA Medical Center ClevelandBrecksvilleUSA