Why is South Korea more advanced and successful than China?

The premise is debatable. Let’s take an unbiased look at the achievements of each country in the last 20 years: China since 1999: -Has lifted millions out of poverty -Sustained enormous YoY GDP growth under Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping -Hosted their first Olympics -Rose up to surpass Japan as the world’s second largest economy […]

How close are China, Korea and Japan culturally, socially, and historically?

This is a complex topic, but I can generalize and simplify it best as, Korea and Japan took cultural cues from Ancient China but their culture eventually diverged as their countries became more developed and unique. China was the most influential state in East Asia for most of its history. The biggest change to Chinese […]

Why is baseball popular in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan?

Baseball is very popular in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea but not other Asian countries. Why is that? If I had to guess, it’s probably because during early 20th century when baseball was the most dominant sport in America, Japan got caught up in it – at this time Japan was militarily the most dominant country in […]