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Old 04-16-2014, 08:43 PM
 
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Kimchi = Saeurkraut
Both countries are about 1/3 Christian
Both are divided, Germany on an official basis until 1990 but still in an economic sense today
Both have very powerful economies and are extremely modern
Both countries have their own take on American-style pop culture
The languages have a vague phonological similarity

What else can you think of? Korea is kinda like the "Germany" of Asia in my opinion, while Japan is like the England of Asia.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Well officially isn't Germany like 70% Christian? Like 30% Protestant and 30% Catholic? In reality though the percentage who are really believers i about 30% yes.

I don't really see the two as particularly similar otherwise.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:15 PM
 
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I want to say the Korea is like the Ireland of Asia, but I guess Germany could fit in...though I think Germany would be more like Japan.

If we would compare East Asia and Western Europe, I would say that ...

Korea would be Ireland
Japan would be Germany/England due to being really highly productive, polite, stoic and robotic.
China I'm thinking like eastern europe like Poland or something...I don't know. Philippines would be Mexico, though that's not Europe

and now I have no idea about the other countries.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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China would clearly be like Russia, and also like Italy.

Macau like Monaco
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Seoul
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I want to say the Korea is like the Ireland of Asia,
Korea would be Ireland
I find this to be troubling, disturbing, and insulting. [sarcasm]


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Japan would be Germany/England due to being really highly productive, polite, stoic and robotic.
More seriously, in terms of productivity, Japan and Korea do pretty **** poor.

Koreans work 30% more than Americans and produce about 45% as much as Americans per person per hour. In simpler words, if an American produces 100 units in an hour, Koreans would produce 43 units.
The Japanese would produce 63.
The Germans would produce 92.
Irish, 111.
Norwegians, 136. [we need to be wary of anyone from Norway]

Level of GDP per capita and productivity

Living in Korea, seeing the sheer number of hours worked is shocking. Getting to the office at 8am and getting home before 9pm is generally considered "pretty good working hours." I have some friends working at Samsung, they've not had a weekend off in a few years. "Overtime payment"...what is this device you speak of?
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Old 04-19-2014, 03:09 AM
 
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Kimchi = Saeurkraut
Both countries are about 1/3 Christian
Both are divided, Germany on an official basis until 1990 but still in an economic sense today
Both have very powerful economies and are extremely modern
Both countries have their own take on American-style pop culture
The languages have a vague phonological similarity

What else can you think of? Korea is kinda like the "Germany" of Asia in my opinion, while Japan is like the England of Asia.
It should be...

China: France of Asia
Japan: Germany of Asia
Korea: Belgium of Asia

Like France, China has experienced periods of relatively strong nationalist fervour (i.e. Boxer Rebellion, 1911 Revolution). French monarchical power effectively ended with the French Revolution in the late 1700s while the Chinese monarchy was overthrown in 1912.

Through modern history, both France and China had been weakened by internal divisions (the former due to left-right tensions, the latter due to warlord states and CCP-KMT tensions).

Just as France has constantly been attacked by Germany (her bitterest enemy in Europe), China had constantly been attacked and humiliated by Japan.

Like Germany, Japan was a new player in the scramble for colonial possessions in the 20th century. Both countries had clear ambitions of conquests and envisioned themselves of having a strong empire and prestige. They were also highly regimented societies then (though Japan is still one currently) where unquestioned loyalty to their leader was required. The prevalence of fascism and strong desires for overseas prestige and conquests paved their path toward World War 2.

Both Japan and Germany also generally have hardworking people whose work ethic entails paying attention to details with a high level of precision (quality over quantity).

Like Belgium (which has been overshadowed by her Dutch, German and French neighbours throughout history), Korea faced the same situation albeit by Russia, China and Japan. As such, both countries suffered some sort of identity crisis.
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:21 PM
 
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It should be...

Like Belgium (which has been overshadowed by her Dutch, German and French neighbours throughout history), Korea faced the same situation albeit by Russia, China and Japan. As such, both countries suffered some sort of identity crisis.

I agree with everything else, only I think Koreans have a strong character, they get mad easily and quickly over the simplest things. Going with a Korean girl is like biting into a Chili Pepper. Belgians wouldn't be like that at all.
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:23 AM
 
Location: LONDON BABY
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Belgium. Lol

Only four people live in Belgium
And two of them are French
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Sexy names
Efficient
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:37 PM
 
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The economic gap between West Germany and Modern East Germany has narrowed a lot.
Germany has less cultural influence on other countries compared with South Korea.

Korea is like Ireland because both resent former occupation by their neighbors.

Germany is the largest developed economy in Europe, Japan is the largest developed economy in Asia. South Korea is the 2nd largest developed economy in Asia. Germany's and Japan's GDP per capita are currently above EU's average. South Korea's is below EU's average.

Yes, they have a strong character. Koreans are more emotional. Some Chinese people say Chinese who enjoy spicy Chinese cuisine also have similar "spicy" character. Japanese usually are more subtle.
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