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The Language Landscape in selected countries of Eastern and Southeastern Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

See also: Overview of the Global Language Landscape: Number of Internet Users and Languages in Use on the Worldwide Web


  • Population: 1,330,044,605 (estimate @ July 2008)
  • Languages Spoken: Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect); Yue (Cantonese); Wu (Shanghainese); Minbei (Fuzhou); Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese); Xiang; Gan; Hakka dialects, minority languages
  • Internet Users: 162 million (@ 2007)


  • Population: 7,018,636 (estimate @ July 2008)
  • Languages Spoken: Chinese (Cantonese) -> 89.2% (official); other Chinese dialects -> 6.4%; English -> 3.2% (official); Other ->1.2% (@ 2001 census)
  • Internet Users: 3.77 million (@ 2006)



  • Population: 127,288,419 (estimate @ July 2008)
  • Language Spoken: Japanese
  • Internet Users: 87.54 million (@ 2006)


  • Population: 49,232,844 (estimate @ July 2008)
  • Languages Spoken: Korean [English widely taught in junior high and high school]
  • Internet Users: 34.12 million (@ 2006)


  • Population: 22,920,946 (estimate @ July 2008)
  • Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese (official); Taiwanese (Min); and Hakka dialects
  • Internet Users: 13.21 million (@ 2006)


  • Population: 14,241,640 (estimate @ July 2008)
  • Languages Spoken: Khmer (official) ->95%; French; and, English
  • Internet Users: 44,000 (@ 2005)


  • Population: 237,512,355 (estimate @ July 2008)
  • Languages Spoken: Bahasa Indonesia (official, modified form of Malay); English; Dutch; local dialects (the most widely spoken of which is Javanese)
  • Internet Users: 16 million (@ 2005)


  • Population: 92,681,453 (estimate @ July 2008)
  • Languages Spoken: Filipino (official; based on Tagalog; English (official); eight major dialects: Tagalog; Cebuano; Ilocano; Hiligaynon or Ilonggo; Bicol; Waray; Pampango; and, Pangasinan
  • Internet Users: 4.615 million (@ 2005)


  • Population: 4,608,167 (estimate @ July 2008)
  • Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese-> 35%; English -> 23%; Malay -> 14.1%; Hokkien -> 11.4%; Cantonese -> 5.7%; Teochew -> 4.9%; Tamil -> 3.2%; Other Chinese dialects -> 1.8%; Other -> 0.9% (2000 census)
  • Internet Users: 6.1 million (@ 2006)


  • Population: 65,493,298 (estimate @ July 2008)
  • Languages Spoken: Thai; English (secondary language of the elite); Ethnic and regional dialects
  • Internet Users: 8.466 million (@ 2006)


  • Population: 86,116,559 (estimate @ July 2008)
  • Languages Spoken: Vietnamese (official); English (increasingly favored as a second language); some French, Chinese, and Khmer; mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian)
  • Internet Users: 17.87 million (@ 2007)

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