The Far East was a European term to refer to the geographical regions that includes East and Southeast Asia as well as the Russian Far East to a lesser extent. The Indian subcontinent is sometimes also included for economic and cultural reasons.
|Literal meaning||Far East|
|Vietnamese alphabet||Viễn Đông|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||Алс Дорнод |
|Malay||تيمور جاءوه |
Malayong Silangan (literal)
|Tamil||தூர கிழக்கு |
|Russian||Дальний Восток |
IPA: [ˈdalʲnʲɪj vɐˈstok]
The term first came into use in European geopolitical discourse in the 15th century, particularly the British, denoting the Far East as the "farthest" of the three "Easts", beyond the Near East and the Middle East. Likewise, during the Qing dynasty of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the term "Tàixī (泰西)" – i.e., anything further west than the Arab world – was used to refer to the Western countries.
Since the mid-20th century, the term has mostly gone out of use for the region in international mass media outlets due to its eurocentric connotations. The Russian Far East is often excluded due to cultural and ethnic differences, and is often considered as part of North Asia or Siberia instead.