every country has their dark history, pros & cons
korea: vibrant pop culture, great food, but unresolved north/south war, bad intergender relations (megalia v ilbe), mandatory conscription, age hierarchy, widespread prostitution, hypercapitalist, highly materialistic & appearance focused so plastic surgery is very common and suicides due to social pressure are common, controlled by us military bases.
china: cultural hotbed, amazing ancient history, digitalised economy, big internal market that isn't export dependent but had terrible commie purges, unresolved civil war, authoritarian govt, extreme censorship, 1.4b populace makes people expendable, less misogynist than china/japan due to communism and one child policy but male kids are still prized.
japan: ancient culture, great food, more accepting of imperfect appearances than korea, but lack of ww2 remorse, ingrained porn industry and culture that sexualises children (lolicon, hentai, exaggerated anime boobs picrel), yakuza, bad gender relations (waifu pillows, otakus), stressed salarymen and women, married women are pressured to be homemakers, controlled by us military bases.
taiwan: vibrant culture, great food and weather, freedom of speech, but unresolved civil war, used to be authoritarian with commie massacres, mandatory conscription, gangs and triads are related to politics, low gdp vs japan/korea/singapore, lack of recognition as an independent country which impedes their financial sector. .
hk: intl financial hub, great food, but decaying city, lack of development due to skyrocketing property costs and ccp promoting shenzhen next door, fractured politically, hypercapitalist, money laundering hub, shortfused natives angry at money issues/politics but hk can't become independent due to their reliance on china for water, military, food, power. best gender rights in east asia due to british colonialism, like singapore.
glad i was born in singapore even if there's mandatory conscription and the pop culture scene is tiny due to media being state-funded. people here aren't ethno-nationalistic because it's too diverse, the chinese are westernised and mixed (peranankan, eurasian, chindian), the indians are more civilised than in india, the indigenous malay muslim aren't extremists. there's 4 national languages plus dialects and everyone speaks english, no age hierachy, no bowing, women have more freedom than even hk. east asia is too traditionalistic to be good for gender equality.