In an article titled “Do we love South Korea too much?” Focus Taiwan editorial asks that question, but also brings up a few points.  Although the article concedes that South Korea has better soft culture, economy and global brands than Taiwan, it also points out that Taiwanese society isn’t as neurotically cloistered or unhappy as Korea’s.

[Seoul National University student Kim Jun Suk]… said South Korea is competitive globally, but its people are not happy and society is highly regimented.

In comparison, almost all personal views, identities and forms of dress can be accepted in Taiwan, and Kim said he envied such freedoms even if the Taiwanese themselves do not appreciate their blessings.

Yes, but having said that, Taiwan is increasingly trying to figure itself out in light of living next to a huge China sucking up all their best human resources and slowly integrating its economy.