Good programmers should have the memory of an elephant and keep a steady supply of peanuts in their workspace. :)
I haven't been to Korea yet. I’m residing in the Philippines and seems there’s an invasion of Korean TV and music into this country in the recent several years.
I do think Asia is rising to be an integrated economy that will grow less dependent on exports to the West over the next decade. I see that one your top female K-pop groups visited boxer Senator Manny Pacquiao in Mindanao (where I am) this past week for a photo shoot.
This is an interesting change because I remember when I arrived in the Philippines in 1990, I couldn't even get an ice cube in my soda, nor a paper napkin in any restaurant. Poverty was extreme, trash was burning along Manila bay, etc.. Asia is changing very fast.