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Asia: An Introduction
Asia is noted as the biggest of the seven continents of the world. It is divided into six regions, each possessing distinctive physical, cultural, economic and political characteristics. Asia is not only the largest continent but also considered as the most thickly populated, with nearly three fifths of the world’s total population. Asia is the cradle of the human race, of civilization, of the world religions. Philosophy and religions are related to the Asian history. They have shaped the way Asians live and think today. The Asian family is a stable social institution where members are closely bound, who love and respect one another. Asians exert much effort to safeguard the honor and dignity of their families.

Art plays a vital part in lives of the Asians people as they express their intellectual and artistic ideals. Art therefore, is considered as the mirror of the soul for it is the key to understanding the Asian spirit as well as the whole humanity.

Most Asian countries have been under foreign control and emerged from small kingdoms, then became colonies and have established governments patterned after mother country.
Asia’s economy is predominantly agricultural but it has made Asia the world’s fastest growing economy region.

Middle East: An Introduction
Middle East is a region loosely defined by geography and culture which is located in South-Western Asia and North-Eastern Africa. The area is mostly arid with hot, dry summer and cool winters. Middle East is surrounded by flat plains, plateaus, extensive desert areas and mountains.

Middle East is the birthplace of all monotheistic religions like Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each uses the text from earlier groups, thus sharing of many rules and beliefs. Religion, in totality, plays a large part in the rhythm of daily life, not only through prayer and study but also in determining the end of the work week

Middle East an area of frequent conflict, largely for reason embedded in its recent past. Islamic militancy has produced deadly results in the region and is a consequence of the late 20th century problems such as widespread unemployment, political and socio-economic turmoil and an overarching sense of despair.

The multiplicity of languages spoken in the Middle East reflects its ethnic diversity. Middle Easterners value family so much part of their culture. This evidence through their extended family ties. Middle East is considered as the modern world’s most strategically, economically, politically and culturally sensitive area, as it possesses huge stock of crude oil.

The Literature of Asia in a Glance
The Literature of Asia is no less diverse than the other literatures in the world. The continent’s rich cultural heritages and histories have made it among the unique and exotic places on earth.
All major religions in the world have been born in Asia before they spread to the West and other parts of the world, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Thus, in Asia people are not only diverse in culture, they are also diverse in faith.

Then there is colonization by the British, Dutch, Portuguese, Spaniard, and American powers. This has greatly changed the diverse picture in Asia. An example is the Philippines which is considered the only Christian nation in the continent, born of its colonization by Spain and the United State (US) most ardent ally, born of its colonization by the Americans. Thus pre-modern Philippines literature is vastly influenced by Spain, as in the case of Rizal who wrote best in Spanish, and its modern literature by the US, as in the case of writers like Santos, Rivera-Ford, Deriada, Villa, Jose, and Guerrero whose best works are English.

Then, there are China and India which Mongolian traces are distinct, born of their conquest by the Mongols for tens and tens of decades. The country which literature shows the longest spiritual and sacred history is India. Its sacred...
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