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David R. Phillips, Alfred C.M. Chan & Sheung-Tak Cheng

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology

Chapter 33: Ageing in a Global Context: The Asia-Pacific Region

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Ageing in a Global Context: The Asia-Pacific Region
Ageing in a global context: The asia-pacific region
Introduction: Asia-Pacific A Region with a Shared Identity?

The Asia-Pacific is a rather ambiguously described region which has wholly or in part been termed at various times the ‘Asia(n) Pacific’, ‘the Pacific rim’, ‘Pacific Asia’, ‘East Asia’ and ‘East and Southeast Asia’ (geographically perhaps the most precise term) and, Eurocentrically, ‘the Far East’ (Phillips, 2000). It stretches from Japan and China in the north to Indonesia in the south, and some definitions include Australasia although, in this chapter, we do not cover Australia, New Zealand, or the Oceania island states explicitly (see, however, Chapter 40). There are also numerous political, economic, and strategic regional groupings, such as ASEAN and APEC, along ...

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