Many weeks ago, Piano Man stated an interesting fact/opinion about Cyprus. “Cyprus is part of Asia.” I was like, “What? Who said that?” He mentioned an adult whom shall remain nameless made that statement, so I had to look up the information for myself.
And not that personal opinion on Yahoo is the go to source for such in depth questions about Cyprus, but it gives a sense of how people interpret where Cyprus’ origins lie. Let me give you a modified version of some of the comments:
1) Cyprus is part of Europe. That was where my mind initially thought Cyprus fit into the designated continental regions. After all, Cyprus aligns economically with Europe by using the Euro. (Well, I guess we’ll see if Cyprus stays with the euro currency by tomorrow.) Plus, if you look at where Cyprus plays football (aka soccer), then you would certainly see that it easily falls in the Europe category.
2) Cyprus is part of Asia. This is probably the most perplexing to me since I am Asian. When I think of Asia, I think of the big three: China/Korea/Japan, as well as, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, etc. But after taking an Asian-American history class in college, I realized that deciding which countries are a part of Asia can mean different things to different people. Some might even argue Australia as part of Asia, but I won’t get into that as that is out of scope on the topic. Take for example, Turkey, which can be considered part of Europe and Asia (i.e., Eurasia).
3) Cyprus is part of Africa/Middle East. Well, this one might be a stretch, but it is certainly in very close proximity to those regions. If you are at the water’s edge on Cyprus’ east coast, you can see Syria. One can’t help but think that Cyprus offers strategic and geo-political importance.
What do you think? Is Cyprus part of Asia, Europe, or Africa? Or some combination of the three or in a category all its own? Please share in the comments section below.