I asked my brother whether Korea was considered a first or second world country, because, frankly, I could be in NYC except that everything is in Korean.
He thought first –
but then made it clear that talking about countries as first, second, or third world countries, is no longer pc. Countries are either “developed” or “developing.”
As a rule of thumb, countries where we send Peace Corps volunteers are still developing. The US no longer sends Peace Corps volunteers to Korea, in fact, Korea has its own Peace Corps-style organization to assist other developing countries.
Heck, I consider a country where an espresso costs me $4 and small fresh-squeezed orange juice costs me another $8 in a stylish cafe where I am the only one not in designer heels – as definitely “developed.”
The subway system is one of the most extensive I’ve ever seen. And you can get almost anything you want in the grocery store, except for good cheese.