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One Geographic Region: East Asia

​OGR is a program at NECC that unites the college through a shared investigation of a region’s peoples, nations, religions, and cultures across curricular and co-curricular activities to promote inclusivity, global awareness, and intercultural knowledge.​

The region known as East Asia typically includes China, Japan, Mongolia, North and South Korea, and Taiwan, as well as Hong Kong and Macau (both special administrative regions of China). Although Vietnam is part of South Asia it is culturally, and politically aligned with East Asia and is therefore considered a part of the Sinosphere (East Asian Cultural Sphere). East Asia has the largest population in Asia, with the highest concentration of people being in eastern China, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan. Conversely, the least populated areas are Mongolia and Western China. 


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