Asia is the largest and most populous of the seven continents of the world. It covers about 30% of the world's land area and has a population of about 4.3 billion people (60% of the world's population).
Given its size and diversity, Asia - a toponym dating back to classical antiquity - "is more a cultural concept" incorporating diverse regions and peoples than a homogeneous physical entity. Asia differs very widely among and within its regions with regard to ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties and government systems.
As defined by the United Nations Statistic Division, the countries in the different regions of Asia are as follows. These regions were defined for statistical convenience and do not imply any assumption regarding political or other affiliation of countries or territories.
- North Korea
- South Korea
- Taiwan (not included in the UN definition)
Note: This is not the same as South Asia.
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Spanking in Asia
Many forms of corporal punishment and torture originated in Asia, including ancient Chinese torture methods and the Indian punishment murgha. In the present, some Asian countries - most notably Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei in Southeast Asia - retain the practice of judicial corporal punishment, which is applicable to male criminals who have committed certain offenses (typically violent crimes and drug offenses). Many Asian schools also use school corporal punishment (both legal and illegal) to discipline students (especially boys, but including girls as well in some countries), while domestic spanking (with the use of various implements) is common in many Asian households.
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