Tuesday, October 06, 2009

I don't care who's #1, do we beat ....?

Here in Korea, the title would finish with "Japan".

I am not sure if I have mentioned Korea's apparent inferiority complex regarding Japan on this blog, but if not it is only because that is quickly one of the basic assumptions or filters every foreigner uses when interpreting Korean politics and attitudes. Birds gotta fly, tigers gotta hunt and Koreans gotta talk about beating Japan.

With Canadians, the same is true but the question would end with 'the US'.
From Yahoo Canada News:

UN index rates life best in Norway, worst in Niger; Canada is at 4th place

BANGKOK - Norway enjoys the world's highest quality of life, while Niger suffers the lowest, a United Nations agency said Monday, as it released a ranking that highlights the wide disparities in well-being between rich and poor countries.

Canada was listed fourth, well ahead of the United States which was in 13th place.

Some rankings are given on Wikipedia (No UN results came up on the first page of a Google search for "united nations quality of life ranking"). Sadly Korea (#26) is listed as significantly below Japan (#10).


kwandongbrian said...

someone tried to post a comment here that appeared to be advertising or spam. The "I like your blog, check out mine" sort of thing.

I will check out other people's blogs, but I have to know the commenter or see content-specific information in the comment to allow it. I would probably even allow comment-spam if the comment did relate to the post or the blog in more specific terms than "I like it".

PAKA said...

what does korea do better than japan?

kwandongbrian said...

Well, they make better kimchi here, I suspect. They are better at Olympic style martial arts.
One specific Korean beat out all the Japanese in winning my heart (Yeah, there was a big line up).