Talk:Far East

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Talk1[edit]

The commenter below fails to note that Asians didn't coin "Western world" and certainly never came up with "Far West." In any case debate is democratic and good and I see nothing wrong with asking questions about the appropriateness or lack thereof of terms; besides, "Far East" hasn't been criticized only by Asians. The commenter's knee-jerk assumption that the article was written by an Asian and his apparent desire to quash debate is the only bitterness I can see.

If the term far east is eurocentric, then the term western world is asian centric. This article is a disgrace to wikipedia, and was written by a very bitter asian individual. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.22.227.147 (talk) 10:41, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

This article only gives one definition of Far East. The term could also be used as the opposite of Near East which generally refers to the Middle East/ West Asia and parts of Central Asia, North Africa and sometimes Eastern Europe. In such a case the far east would be most of Asia excluding the Middle East, namely North Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia. This article makes no mention of South Asia at all. Morinae (talk) 09:52, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

Well if you feel liking to improve this article feel free to contribute this article do have serious problems specially with South and Central Asia. — ~∀SÐFムサ~ =] Babashi? antenna? 05:47, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
The terms Near East, Middle East and Far East came about because of their relationship to the Greenwich Meridian i.e., 0-degrees longitude. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.7.147.13 (talk) 13:33, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Geographical boundaries[edit]

There is a lot of confusion about the boundaries between this article and Middle east, the later one also including Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Persian plateau... Are these regions really usually included in Far east ? It should be at least referenced.... Moroever the little map on the upper right does not include these regions !!! --Flying tiger (talk) 14:03, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

Afghanistan and Pakistan are not part of Middle East they might be culturally Middle East but both of this countries are in the same situation as Northwestern Africa which are culturally Middle East but not geographically. Afghanistan and Pakistan are accurately located in South Asia. — ~∀SÐFムサ~ =] Babashi? antenna? 05:29, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
I will take Northwestern Africa back, Middle East is more related to the Arab World so even Iran is pretty much geographical located in South Asia rather then Middle East. — ~∀SÐFムサ~ =] Babashi? antenna? 05:43, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Why is south asia included???[edit]

In the article itself the term was used for lands east of british india. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.23.230.219 (talk) 22:31, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

the image purported a notion of a "Greater Far East" including India and Central Asia which was completely unreferenced either in this article or on the image page. I have replaced the image. WP:CITE isn't optional or "nice to have". --dab (𒁳) 13:19, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

Eurocentricity[edit]

I take it we are witnessing a bit of involuntary comedy here, the article text full of PC rambling about how dreadfully "Eurocentric" this term is supposed to be while the infobox gives the term's Chinese, Korean, Malay, Thai and Vietnamese equivalents. Somehow, nobody seems to insist on suggesting that the term "Western world" betrays Sinocentrism. The fact of the matter is that these notions of "east" and "west" are "terra-centric", referring to the Eurasian landmass rather than the Pacific Ocean. This is probably connected with the circumstantial fact that Homo sapiens is a land animal. It discriminates against the Cetaceans of course, who no doubt would refer to the Californian coast as the Far East, and to Nippon as the Far West, so we may need a PC summary acknowledging that. --dab (𒁳) 13:26, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

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Hong Kong official language[edit]

Hong Kong's official languages state Chinese and English. It does not specify which Chinese language, and so I think that putting "Cantonese" in brackets is unnecessary and should be removed. Either that, or at least put in the words 'De facto: Cantonese" in there. Check the note on the article of Hong Kong

"The Basic Law of Hong Kong states that the official languages are "Chinese and English". [1] It does not explicitly specify the standard for "Chinese". While Standard Mandarin and Simplified Chinese characters are used as the spoken and written standards in mainland China, Cantonese and Traditional Chinese characters are the long-established de facto standards in Hong Kong. See also: Bilingualism in Hong Kong "

--Platinum inc (talk) 17:53, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

west of India[edit]

The introduction states that Chinese people call anything west of India "taixi" (泰西). I have never heard of this term and I know the "tai" word is Thailand. Does anyone one if "tai" was a name of India? Blueshirts (talk) 15:52, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

mongolian areas[edit]

I like the notion of using sub-state divisions (like provinces) to show the nuances on this map of the Far East. However, if one is going to include every province of Mongolia, you should either: add the Mongolian Republics inside Russia (Tuva and Buryatia) because their culture is very much Mongolian, or not include Outer Mongolia at all. Today, there is no prefecture level of Inner Mongolia that does not possess a Han majority, so it might be suitable to keep Inner Mongolia within the East Asian sphere. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 164.76.151.143 (talk) 04:41, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

no regional languages for Russia[edit]

Russian its the only language which should be staying since for the other countries its the same. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 343zoz (talkcontribs) 20:11, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

Technically we could add the name in the languages of the indigenous peoples of Siberia. - M0rphzone (talk) 07:45, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

Papua-New Guinea[edit]

On the included map Papua-New Guinea is not colored as belonging to the Far East. Caeruleancentaur (talk) 20:51, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

I have never heard Papua New Guinea or Timor Leste referred to as the Far East, even though these countries may be part of Southeast Asia. Aren't they more Australasian than Far Eastern? Morinae (talk) 17:46, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Map description[edit]

The map's description says that it is a map of the Far East, "culturally defined." However, there is no common culture of the Far East. The traditional hunting-gathering peoples of Northern Siberia have literally nothing to do with the farmers of New Guinea. East Asia is its own cultural sphere, as are mainland Southeast Asia and the Malay world.

While people who don't know much about the region often group together Southeast Asia and East Asia due to the inhabitants of both regions having relatively similar physical characteristics, Southeast Asia culturally has more in common with India than East Asia.

Furthermore, if you want to go cultural and include Mongolia, then you'd probably also have to include Buryatia, which is traditionally Mongolic in both language and culture. The map isn't that great.

It should be changed to "geographically defined." Arumdaum (talk) 09:26, 7 December 2014 (UTC)