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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?

How do you rate South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and China in terms of most to least friendly towards foreigners?

Need some clarification on what means ‘friendly’, like do they accommodate foreigners well, do they speak a lot of english, do they have friendly overall people or what is it? I’ve been to all these places I guess I’ll rank it in order of how convenient it was for me as a foreigner to travel these places:

  1. Taiwan (ROC) – Most people speak English, the second most polite people next to Japanese, very accepting of diversity, the most open minded East Asian country
  2. Hong Kong (technically part of China) – English is commonplace, generally better manners than mainland, very tolerant of foreigners due to past history as a british colony
  3. South Korea – English is spoken by a majority of young people and most cafes/shops/signs will have English, decent manners/politeness, a lot of Western style bars/restaurants/etc due to USA influence
  4. Japan – most people do not speak English well, most shops/cafes/signs (except for subway) do not have english on them, a lot of places are surprisingly cash only, people are probably the most polite but very shy, you will experience a big culture difference
  5. China – most people do not speak English, very rare to find any shops/cafes/signs that have english on them, people generally do not care about you so you have to fend for yourself, very few Western style bars/restaurants/etc, you cannot use foreign credit cards in most places, foreign apps/services are blocked so you have to either buy a VPN or use a Chinese substitute in any case its horrendously slow going to any foreign website.

For me Taiwan was the most convenient and China was the least.

Which country is better for men, China or Korea?

South Korea is for a number of reasons. Yes the men have to do mandatory military service there for 2 years but its a small price to pay for a number of advantages:

  1. Korea’s a more ‘traditional’ country where women especially in the southern parts like Gyeongsang-do and Jeolla-do and Jeju-do, do most or all of the housework, cooking and child-bearing. Many mothers in these parts specifically raise their daughters to expect to take on these burdens after marriage. In China, the husband and wife usually share household duties. Housewives are common in Korea, but almost unheard of in China.
  2. China has a gender imbalance. 20–30 million more men than women which has caused the side effect of having somewhat spoiled women. Korean men still outnumber women but the ratio is not as bad and in cities like Seoul there is actually more women than men (partly due to a portion of men being stationed for the military), this means men don’t have to compete as much for the women.
  3. Going with the ‘less independent’ theme, Korea is home to the OECD’s highest gender pay gap, the women make on average 30% less than the men do! China on the other hand (they are not part of the OECD) has one of the smallest gender pay gaps, even better than the USA! Percentage wise, there are way more Chinese female CEOs than Korean female CEOs. In Korea, the job most women aspire to is to be a flight attendant – think about that. A job that requires you to be pretty and subservient. Hardly a Chinese girl’s dream job – they want to start their own businesses. See the difference? So Korea is better for men, because less independent/less money = harder to divorce = men have more advantage.
  4. More eye candy for men. For better or worse, Chinese women seem to dress like American women, more casually, whereas Korean women wear more feminine outfits. Yes, I know most Korean women probably dress for themselves not for men, but still you can’t ignore that it is better eye candy for the men. The Korean school uniforms are way better looking than Chinese school uniforms and a lot of women wear short skirts and dresses even in the winter. And you can’t forget about the pool parties and outdoor festivals in the summer. Bikinis everywhere lol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDeWzGshHUU

  1. The justice system is more favorable to men than women. Police don’t care about domestic disputes at all, so men can often get away with doing anything to his wife. As another example, there was a case of a woman taking nude pics of a male art model and spreading it around – she was sentenced to 2 years in jail. Meanwhile, in another case a guy was spreading nude pics of his ex-gf / revenge porn and guess what, he gets a $2000 fine. No jailtime.
  2. Korea is also more open about sex, and while prostitution exists in a legal grey area in both countries, Korea is more tolerant about it than China is. Adult sex shops are everywhere. Motels are everywhere. Korea has the second most prostitutes per capita in the world right next to Philippines. I don’t have the specific statistics, but it wouldn’t surprise me to know that Korean men cheat more on average than Chinese men do. The society just makes it so much easier to. And while porn is banned in both countries, Korea at least has sexy movies. Remember when Tang Wei was blacklisted from China for those sex scenes in Lust, Caution? Kim Tae-ri started her career doing lesbian sex scenes in The Handmaiden.

Or how about The Concubine so many of these steamy Joseon-era movies that China wouldn’t dare make.

This is a plus for men, because obviously men need to relieve themselves more than women do, and the more open a country is about it, the better for them.