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Old 03-18-2018, 05:48 AM
 
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Out of ~50 countries in Asia only like 5 are developed countries. Thatís not a very good figure.
I didn't say a high percentage of Asian countries are first world / developed. I was only taking issue with the poster who was seemingly viewing the notion of ANY Asian countries being first world as laughable, which makes no sense, particularly if he lives in one of them!
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Old 03-18-2018, 10:10 AM
 
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I didn't say a high percentage of Asian countries are first world / developed. I was only taking issue with the poster who was seemingly viewing the notion of ANY Asian countries being first world as laughable, which makes no sense, particularly if he lives in one of them!
That poster was me and I never said there isn't any of them.
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Old 03-18-2018, 11:03 AM
 
Location: DFW
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I didn't say a high percentage of Asian countries are first world / developed. I was only taking issue with the poster who was seemingly viewing the notion of ANY Asian countries being first world as laughable, which makes no sense, particularly if he lives in one of them!
And a lot of developing countries have wealthy "pocket" where living standards are comparable to developed countries. For example, Beijing and Shanghai in China (where unfortunately, cost of living has also risen to the same league as developed countries.)
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Old 03-18-2018, 11:25 AM
 
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but you still can't drink water from the tap
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Old 03-19-2018, 06:36 AM
 
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And a lot of developing countries have wealthy "pocket" where living standards are comparable to developed countries. For example, Beijing and Shanghai in China (where unfortunately, cost of living has also risen to the same league as developed countries.)
True. (I believe I even said as much in a former post on this thread.) I've heard this argument before with regards to Taiwan's cities (highly developed) vs. remote rural areas (less so), but have you ever been to Appalachia? Many first world nations, including the US, still have undeveloped remote poor areas.
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Old 03-19-2018, 06:37 AM
 
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but you still can't drink water from the tap
In Tokyo you can. In Flint, MI, USA you can't. Gotta watch out for generalizations.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:13 AM
 
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but you still can't drink water from the tap
I donít think thatís a good way to determine quality of life. Most of the world canít drink from the tap. Only N America, Europe, and Asia have places where one can drive from the tap. None in Africa, S america, or the Middle East and Central America.

China is currently improving its water quality and in the next decade or so most major cities there will have drinkable tap water. China treats its water, but there is a few dangerous things they donít yet treat. Iíve also heard Manilaís tap water is drinkable. On top of that HK, Singapore, S Korea, and Japan have drinkable tap water. Thats almost 200 million people with access to clean tap water in Asia.
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:27 AM
 
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I donít think thatís a good way to determine quality of life. Most of the world canít drink from the tap. Only N America, Europe, and Asia have places where one can drive from the tap. None in Africa, S america, or the Middle East and Central America.

China is currently improving its water quality and in the next decade or so most major cities there will have drinkable tap water. China treats its water, but there is a few dangerous things they donít yet treat. Iíve also heard Manilaís tap water is drinkable. On top of that HK, Singapore, S Korea, and Japan have drinkable tap water. Thats almost 200 million people with access to clean tap water in Asia.
It's a taboo to drink cold water in Chinese culture. Older people won't even drink cooled boiled water in most cases.
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Old 03-19-2018, 12:52 PM
 
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It's a taboo to drink cold water in Chinese culture. Older people won't even drink cooled boiled water in most cases.
Haha. Yes. My in laws had quite a culture shock coming to the US and all drinks being cold. My father in law actually likes to drink ice water now. My mother in law on the other hand wonít drink ice water, but room temperature water is fine for her.

But water treatment is still important because water boiling does not kill all dangerous pathogens, especially when it comes to restaurants. Thatís why diarrhea and intestinal problems are so common in China.
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Old 03-19-2018, 04:46 PM
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Idk, I loved SK and Japan. Might have a harder time in Kirghizistan or Indonesia
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