I’ll attempt to highlight why and how East-Asian societies, mainly China, Japan and Korea, fail in many respects. The society and lifestyle is very repressive and controlling. It leaves little room for self-discovery. I’ll try to look at the issue from an Asian perspective.
While myself I am a Westerner, I do have some experience with Asia. I’ve lived in Japan, Hong Kong, and currently I’m studying in Seoul. I possess a great deal of admiration and interest toward these three countries, but along with it comes pain and disappointment.
The three countries, like most countries of the world, are controlled by the Illuminati (or whatever word you prefer to use). It is very easy to see how Japan and Korea are puppets of the US, i.e. not free and sovereign nations. China is, at least on the surface, more independent and defiant of the Western oligarchs. How much of this is actually true or a mere act is hard to say. There are stories floating on the net how Henry Kissinger, when he visited China in the seventies, said that China’s communism was a successful social experiment. Another rumour is that the Chinese government takes financial advice from the Rothschilds. To cut to the chase, even if China is defiant and independent in some way, and not a direct puppet, the whole Chinese society was restructured over the decades by an artificial ideology that came from the outside. The nature of the ideology may be different now than it was a few decades ago, but the underlying fact is that the modern Chinese identity is a construct, far less naturally developed than most other cultures.
To be fair to China, it did try resist Western imperialism the hardest, which accounts for the hundred years of shame, which includes the opium war with Britain, Japanese imperialism, Chinese civil war, and later Maoism. The West did their best to undermine Chinese society through war, drugs, trade and ideological chicanery. Eventually they succeeded. Japan was turned into a tool for the West quite easily. Wisely Japan didn’t want any contact with the West, but they were forced to open relations with the US thanks to Commodore Perry’s black ships. Not too long after that Japan was turned into an imperialist nation, much like the best European ones. It probably wasn’t that simple. Probably there was all sorts of scheming by the most psychopathic of the Japanese elites along with Western ones to take control. All sorts of powerplay and elimination (of life or character) of the elites with any scruples. I am not that sure how much direct contact Korea had with Western imperialists, but Westernized Japan did it a big enough favour.
Anyway, on with the show. We are now in the situation that the US is the actual ruler of Japan and Korea. A lot of people don’t really like it, but they’re not doing much to liberate themselves either. And probably even bigger number choose not to care. They are more concerned about surviving the daily hamster wheel called work or school, and obsessing over their favourite pop-idol. The politicians are corrupt, they don’t represent the people. Anyone with any interest in the matter knows this. Yet they do nothing, at least nothing significant. Just like in the West.
This is due to many things. Nobody wants to oppose the social order directly. It would be seen as selfish to asserts the needs of one over the needs of the many. Do not cause disharmony. East-Asian societies are traditional and family oriented, which means people tend to only involve themselves in the lives of family members, close friends and co-workers. Trying to affect greater spheres of society must seem daunting to most. And the Confucian ethos asserts a belief in government and social hierarchy. You are supposed to take care of your own little cubicle in society and not cause problems for other inhabiting other sections within the hierarchy.
But basically though, it’s fear and ignorance. People don’t want to rock the boat and get stigmatized for it. People generally don’t know about the various ways of social engineering that is used to direct and brainwash people. Trauma based mind-control works in Asia too. There is the trauma of recent history. Imperialism, wars, famine, atom bombs. And the trauma of modern society.
The education system is highly stressful in Korea and Japan, and probably not that different in China. Kids study at school, after school they study at home until night, or go to special cram schools. Exams are very important. You study to get to a good high school, then a good university. The funny thing is, the excessive studying doesn’t seem to do much. They don’t do much better at school here, than in other countries, like Finland, where we actually have free time. I’d say it’s more like the opposite. All work and no play make Jack’s brain blow up. The studying is more like a ritual. Instead of kneeling in front of a buddha statue or in a church, you go to a library, surround yourself with books and get the feeling like you’re a good boy. You do what they expect you to.
I don’t know if work life is better or worse. The work hours seem long, but maybe all work isn’t so stressful. If your day consists of sitting behind a desk watching dramas and occasionally doing something, it doesn’t sound too bad. Although it too is a form of social control, forcing you to be there and not do what you want. I can’t comment so much on the work life. Seeing young people work late or early hours in a 7/11 seems tedious, but at least it could be worse…
When I came here to Seoul I had to switch planes at the airport in Beijing. I arrived there in the morning. I saw lots of young Chinese, mostly girls, working there. Young girls, barely over 20. Salesclerk, security guard, airport staff. They looked pissed off as hell. Having to come there early, or possibly work all night and wait for the shift to end. I doubt they get paid enough for that. I kept thinking the proletariat of China should rise up against the oppressive bourgeoisie… Wait aren’t they supposed to be commies in China? (On a side note, I did enjoy the security pat down by the Chinese girls. I only I had done something bad to earn a punishment…)
Let’s get to the point. Asian society is fucking stressful, if you’re born here. It’s ok to be a foreign student here. Society is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. It is what it is, because people go along with it. They should stop co-operating with their enslavement. Many locals recognize this, yet instead of trying to change it they try to escape it. For example, supposedly some Korean couples send their kid overseas to study since the Korean education system is a horrible monster. The mom and the kid go to US or something and the dad stays in Korea to earn money. That’s better than doing nothing, but aren’t Asian societies known for working harmoniously together? How about getting together with your neighbours and admitting the problem? That’s another Asian characteristic, yet it’s as much a Western one; refusal to the smell the shit in your own home. Europeans whine about the human right abuses in China or Middle-East but not in their own countries. Koreans and Chinese are happy to bitch about the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Japan during the war over 60 years ago, but not willing to see how their own government and society violate them now.
Seoul gives very much impression of a country that only cares about business and pop-culture. Doesn’t look like there is any great awakening going on here, but what do I know. Maybe there is. I’m not exactly an insider who knows all the details of Korean society, and the I know only the basics of the language. Perhaps there are awake and intelligent individuals here. Who knows? It’s just whenever I hear Gangnam Style, I very much doubt that.
I just hope Chinese, Japanese and Korean people learn to see reality instead of the program fed to them by society. At least in Japan the 3/11 quake/tsunami/Fukushima-thing has provoked dissidence and distrust in government and media in some people, whereas it had pushed others deeper into sheephood to die eating Fukushima food rather than face the fakeness of their world view. The people here have to let go of their cultural conditioning and see the world as it really is. Face reality or perish.
Being East-Asian isn’t just a religious, cultural or philosophical program. Confucianism or any other rationally defined ideology is not the core of being Asian. There is something deeper and more beautiful there. The people need to unleash that to realize who they are. Rediscover what it means to be Asian. It is not just a program that is learned after birth.