Terry Gou (郭台銘), chairman of Hon Hai Precision, the mother ship of Foxconn, which manufactures products like iPhones for Apple, just went on a verbal attack against Koreans when while claiming iPhone5 will put the latest Samsung Galaxy phone to shame. (See more thorough article here.)
“I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles,” Gou said. “Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind.”
He didn’t even call Koreans, “Koreans.” The Chinese term he uses, 高麗棒子, meaning “Goryeo billy club,” is so well-established as a Chinese derogatory term for Koreans that it’s afforded a brief historical study at Wikipedia’s Japanese section.
This kind of talk about Koreans is not uncommon in Taiwan, where people are still angry over how twenty years ago they were sure South Korea was one of Taiwan’s closest friends until Seoul suddenly announced it was choosing Beijing. And, for that matter, where even a former president says he respects the Japanese and visits Yasukuni Shrine.
Interestingly, just last month the Samsung Economic Research Institute issued a paper about Hon Hai and what Korea stands to learn from it.