East Asia is a very unique geographical location, for it has a drastically different culture from the rest of the continent. South Asia and West Asia/The Middle East are nothing like their eastern counterpart. However, what is most interesting is the uniqueness within East Asia itself.
The region of East Asia includes the countries of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan. However, these varying nations do not have a single homogenous culture. In fact, their cultures and societies vary greatly. South Korea and Japan are prominent democracies, Japan being one of the leading democracies in the world today. However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, North Korea is considered to be one of the least free nations in the world, as discussed in an article by Human Rights House.
China, while far from becoming a democracy, is one of the strongest world powers. As discussed in CNN’s economy ranking, it has the second largest economy, behind that of the United States. However, Japan isn’t far off, taking third place in economic ranking.
These differences are heavily reflected in their media systems. While Japan has some of the most prominent and widespread media in the world, North Korea has no free media whatsoever (it is all used for propaganda). China, while having some free media, is comparatively restricted.
Evidently, while all residing within the same geographical region, the countries of East Asia are very different from each other. Whether it comes to economy, government system, or media system; East Asia is a diverse place. Housing some of the leading world powers, East Asia wont loose importance any time soon.