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Where Does Asia Begin?  
User currently offlineDAvId B. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2456 times:

Why is it that in the US, people don't consider countries like Pakistan, Afgan, Iran, India part of Asia? They only think of countries in the orient? I never really understood that. Is this the same train of thought in Canada. I know it's different in Europe.

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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2444 times:

Asia starts from the West of the Ural mountains (Russia) and goes all the way down between the then USSR and Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan border. and includes everything there right-wards.

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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2443 times:
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In the UK people only consider Indians, Pakistani's and Bangladeshi's as Asians, but refer to other races using the name of their country i.e. Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian etc. Anyone from the Middle east is simply referred to as "Arab".

Geographically and Politically, the Asian continent stretches from Iraq to Japan.

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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2420 times:

Another separation is in Turkey. The Bosphore is the separation. The part of Istambul with Topkapi palace, Ste Sophie, etc.. is in Europe. on the opposite side of the Bosphore, you are in Asia.
Israel, Lebanon, are in Asia too.

But is is true that for a lot of US companies, India is not in Asia, and don't ask me why.
They have a Europe-Middle East division, and India is part of it most of the time

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User currently offlineCorocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

I think part of it has to do with the stereotypes....

Often when someone things of an 'Asian' they think Oriental, hence Japan, Koreas, Vietnam, China, etc.

Most of the other countries...India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, etc we just think of the middle east.

I think we tend to think in Regions more than in Continents most of the time.

User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1976 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

Most everyone I've talked to in the US considers the countries you mentioned to be part of Asia. Asia is generally held to be bordered on the west by the Ural mountains, the caspian sea, the Caucasus mountains, the bosporos straight, and the mediterranean sea. On the south it is bounded by the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, the pacific ocean on the east, and the arctic sea on the norhth.

User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2381 times:

The same happens with latins.

Central Americans and northern south americans live,act and are quite different from southern south americans

The first group matches much more the stereotype that americans have about latins, while chileans,argentineans and uruguayans differ a lot from the others.

User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

Where Europe ends to the Pacific.

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9428 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

I want nothing less than to make this thread a "the US educational system is bad" thing, but seriously... Haven't you been taught in school where the continents end?
However, the western limits of Asia are the Ural mountains, the Ural river, the Caspian Sea, the Caucasus mountains (like a line from Baku to Tiflis), the Black Sea, the Bosphorus, the Marmara Sea, the Dardanelles and the Aegaean Sea. The islands of the latter are European. Cyprus is referred to as European, at least from the political point of view.

Regards, aloges

[Edited 2003-02-13 13:43:13]

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