Repatriate wrote:ladislav wrote:Russians and Filipinos are alike in family structure, the romantic and sensual nature and the ease with which strangers instantly mingle. The folk music sounds almost the same.
All the other comparisons will be along the behavior based on social class lines- Chinese peasants will find E. Euro peasants similar in terms of social values and structures. Hence the similarities observed. Urban Asians will be very much similar to their Western counterparts, otoh.
Japanese = Germans/Scandinavians
Chinese = Brits
Koreans being the Irish of Asia is a pretty interesting comparison. I'd say maybe a more industrious Irish. Ireland basically rides the coattails of EU/UK investment on the other hand Korea is a genuine global competitor. Plus Korea is pumping out some really good film directors and K-pop is a pretty viral media thing in many parts of the world long before Psy. Korea has a history of being colonized and rebelling over long periods like Ireland too.
NaughtyNomad, who is himself Irish, once agreed with me that the Filipinos were the Irish of Asia. English-speaking, friendly, fun, full of song, etc.
Certainly not the way one thinks of Koreans.
Koreans would seem to compare to the gruff hardworking Whites one might find on the Frisian Islands, or the Faroe Islands.