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Old 04-12-2018, 03:53 PM
 
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I'm in disbelief that anyone could label an entire diverse continent "overrated". Overrated according to what measurement? According to whose personal bias, lol?
Funny, I always thought Oz was a bit overrated; a huge desert, with Euro descendants clinging to the coastal areas, as if for dear life. Get over yourselves.
Yes. It doesn't make any sense to claim that a whole continent is overrated when many of it's constituent nations do not even have much in common with one another. They are essentially being compared by virtue of sharing a continent the size of the Moon.

Your description of Australia cracked me up .
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Along with China. S.Korea also gets pretty 'bad press' here, well almost equivalent to no press since they're also linked up with N.Korea. The only time S.Korea is featured on American/Canadian TV is if they have something with N.Korea and/or something about plastic surgery or internet addiction. Never anything positive.
This is something that bugs me about American media. I had the opportunity to visit South Korea last summer for the first time, and I was truly impressed with how vibrant and modern and clean and friendly and enjoyable it was, Seoul in particular. I have to wonder, why didn't I ever hear about any of this before? You're right, the U.S. media seems to only notice South Korea in the context of its being located immediately adjacent to North Korea.

I can't speak to the rest of Asia (having never been to any other part of it), but in my opinion, South Korea is vastly underrated.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:26 AM
 
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This is something that bugs me about American media. I had the opportunity to visit South Korea last summer for the first time, and I was truly impressed with how vibrant and modern and clean and friendly and enjoyable it was, Seoul in particular. I have to wonder, why didn't I ever hear about any of this before? You're right, the U.S. media seems to only notice South Korea in the context of its being located immediately adjacent to North Korea.

I can't speak to the rest of Asia (having never been to any other part of it), but in my opinion, South Korea is vastly underrated.
Hmm...I grew up in the US (the rural US, at that), and I always knew South Korea was a modern first world country. Maybe you had bad teachers or followed too much Fox News and not enough NPR?
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Hmm...I grew up in the US (the rural US, at that), and I always knew South Korea was a modern first world country. Maybe you had bad teachers or followed too much Fox News and not enough NPR?
Same here, I always heard SK referred to positively and over the last few years, their pop music and culture has been given an outsized amount of attention versus other Asian nations...
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:28 PM
 
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Hmm...I grew up in the US (the rural US, at that), and I always knew South Korea was a modern first world country. Maybe you had bad teachers or followed too much Fox News and not enough NPR?
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Same here, I always heard SK referred to positively and over the last few years, their pop music and culture has been given an outsized amount of attention versus other Asian nations...
Yup, S Korea is well known for being very modern.
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:51 AM
 
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Same here, I always heard SK referred to positively and over the last few years, their pop music and culture has been given an outsized amount of attention versus other Asian nations...
When I was a kid (70s-90s) in the US SK was always discussed alongside Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong as the modern "first world" nations of Asia. In the late 80's and into the 90's Singapore started to be mentioned increasingly among them, as well.
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Old 04-24-2018, 11:49 PM
 
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But China is also a first-world country, more modern than Japan and SK are.
I think people are too much demonised China. I am happy there is/will be a counterpart to USA in the future, cause USA is not the most important country In the world.
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Old 04-25-2018, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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But China is also a first-world country, more modern than Japan and SK are.
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Old 04-25-2018, 04:29 AM
 
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But China is also a first-world country, more modern than Japan and SK are.
Ha, good one!

I guess if you never leave Shanghai it's modern, but more modern than Japan?!? I'm not sure there is a city on Earth (including the U.S.) more modern than Tokyo.
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Old 04-25-2018, 07:27 AM
 
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But China is also a first-world country, more modern than Japan and SK are.
I think people are too much demonised China. I am happy there is/will be a counterpart to USA in the future, cause USA is not the most important country In the world.
China is not first world, and itís decades away from being so. Even itís best cities donít yet compare to Japan or S Korea, but they are getting closer. I lived in the New Pudong Disctrict of Shanghai which is one of the most modern places in China, and Iíd still say itís not as modern as any typical place in S Korea or Japan. I now live in an interior city of 4 million which has no counterpart in Japan or S korea, Iíd guess itís at least 30 years behind, if not more.

The average Chinese person needs to make 700% more money to be on the same level as the US. China is on the same level as Mexico economically and how the average person lives.
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