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Between Korea, China, and Japan, which country has a more “intense” work culture (on average)?

I’ve only worked in Korea, not in Japan or China but I’m inclined to say Korea because:

  1. they have 눈치 culture which means you gotta respect your seniors and boss and cannot say anything back. For example you cannot leave your work until your boss does
  2. 회식 which is a type of dinner you have with your coworkers, but you cannot refuse. Your boss invites you to go drinking, you have to go because of 눈치 and sometimes your work details can be affected as a result of these dinner meetings
  3. There’s no separation of personal and work life. Your work life is your personal life. If you got pregnant, you have chance of getting fired. If you got a needy bf/gf? too bad that decreases your chances of getting hired or keeping your job.
  4. 9–6 is the common Korean work hours shift, but its not uncommon to see people working until 9pm, 10pm, midnight, or even 1–2am. Working weekends is normal too.
  5. Its frowned upon to switch companies. If you have too many companies on your resume your new employers might question your loyalty and refuse to hire you.

In my experience meeting Japanese and Chinese people, it seems Japan work culture is very similar but maybe not quite as intense as Korea (90% as intense?) after all Korea’s strict hierarchical work culture comes from Japanese work culture.

In contrast Chinese work culture seems more similar to American work culture and they seem to have little of any of these things. Sure people work overtime in China too especially in cities like Beijing or Shanghai but I think overall Chinese work culture is more flexible and loose.

Why does South Korea have the biggest beauty industry (cosmetics, fashion, cosmetic surgery, etc.) in all of Asia?

It’s a good question. I think – and this is my theory – the more diverse a country is, the more lax the beauty standards are. Why? Because when you have a diverse population, you cannot really enforce any beauty standards as everyone is so different.

Like in the USA, there’s so many different races and types of people. How can you have any effective beauty standard? Or China, which has something like 50+ different ethnicities living there. You can’t even push the same beauty standards that Northern Chinese have onto Southern Chinese, they are very different people. India? Yeah same thing, you can’t push one beauty standard onto 1.3+ billion people.

Korea is unique in that it is one of the only countries in the world, and might be the only developed country in the world – that consists of 99% one race. It’s utterly homogenous. Not only that but they have a collectivist culture where people stick together. This is basically the easiest environment in which a strict beauty standard could emerge.
-Small area and population? check
-Society is Confucist, conformist and collectivist? check
-99% one race? check

I mean, you might notice that even North Korean girls (the ones in the rich areas of Pyongyang at least) are better styled than the typical Chinese girl. A dictatorship where the people live like they are in the 1950s still have a higher beauty standard than China. Why is that? because of everything I said about Korea. Both North and South Korea are countries that are not diverse, are very uniform in thinking, with a small area and population.

This is Yeonmi Park, she is a North Korean girl who escaped North Korea and now lives in the US. Let’s face it – if you didn’t know she was North Korean, you would have thought she was a South Korean girl. You would not have thought someone so beautiful, was once struggling for food and survival in a destitute country, but its true. Something about Koreans (North and South) they innately care about their appearance more.

Edit: Japan as some people noted, is also very homogenous. They do have more population and somewhat more influence from indigenous people tho – that said Japan does have higher beauty standards than most other countries as well, probably second to Korea.

That’s my theory on why most countries in the world tend to have a very lax beauty standard, and Korea uniquely seems to have a high beauty standard.

Strangely enough, What do non-Koreans dislike about Korean culture and Korean people? non-Koreans seem to hate on Koreans for having a high beauty standard, which I don’t understand. We don’t hate on countries for having a high education or athletic standard, why is beauty different? Is being more beautiful seen as a negative thing?

Why do some overseas Chinese really dislike the mainland Chinese?

A bunch of reasons. Me and my parents left mainland China 20 years ago to immigrate to Canada. My younger brother was born in Canada. So we are Western-educated. However, I wouldn’t say I’m “brainwashed” by Western media as Chinese people would say. I’ve visited China on several occasions, and have mainland Chinese friends.

Here’s my problems with most mainland Chinese (not all mainland Chinese because you can’t paint 1.3 billion people with a broad brush)

-they talk/argue too loudly. Mandarin isn’t a language that requires you to talk loud. Taiwanese people for example, speak Mandarin normally. I speak Mandarin normally at normal levels. My parents do as well. You don’t need to shout or argue all the time.

-they are too prideful and nationalistic. see my answer here: Tong Zou’s answer to Is the CCP encouraging the rise of Chinese nationalism?

-they talk down about other Asian countries (Korea, Japan) for no good reason, its as if they were educated and brainwashed to dislike other Asians or something without ever acquainting themselves with those people.

-they show off too much and care too much about money. expensive brands, expensive cars, jewelry, etc. too materialistic. This is ‘face culture’. If you look at all the richest people in the world (Bill Gates, Warren Buffet etc) you will notice one thing they have in common is that they don’t show off. Money is just a means. It’s not something to judge someone on. I mean, I had half a million dollars in net worth last year, but I lost it all this year in that QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency scam (see here: Software Engineer Loses Life Savings in Quadriga Imbroglio) . Will a Chinese person look at me differently now? because I haven’t changed as a person. just my net worth. Then again, this is more of a Western culture thing that you should pursue your happiness rather than money.

-they don’t care about their appearance enough. Ironically, despite spending money on expensive products, they actually don’t know how to dress well, or match clothing. Chinese women will wear those dorky glasses even knowing that they look much better without them, or go outside without makeup, it’s as if they give zero F’s about what they look like. Sometimes I think they dress ugly on purpose or something.

-they don’t care about others. I’ve noticed this whenever I go to China. It’s everybody out for themselves. People are not as closely tight knit as they are in Korea/Japan. It’s hard to trust people in China.

These are not only my thoughts but also my parents as well, as they generally agree with what I’ve mentioned so far.