Matthew: As I was in the bank, the Bank of
China, it reminded me of something. Why is your country so sad?
Vivi: What? Matthew: And that’s what we’re going to
talk about today. This is weird. I don’t know what’s going on with this thing. Oh, there
we go. Oh, hey there, laowinners. Just coming out of the Bank of China here, getting some
money out of the bank, as people do, but I wanted to ask you something Vivi. Oh, by the
way, if you don’t know who Vivi is, she’s a guest sometimes on the channel once in a
while, right? So, the world happiness index is something that comes out pretty much every
year, and they go around and they find out what countries are the happiest. Now, this
is a very interesting measurement of success for a nation but it’s also not so simple.
It’s not people walking around with a clipboard saying, hey, are you happy, right? For example,
if I walked up to you on the street, Vivi, and I said, out of ten points, how happy are
you, like, with your life, what would you say?
Vivi: I’m pretty happy. Matthew: So, give me a score out of ten.
Vivi: 8. Matthew: Okay. So, you just thought about
your personal happiness whereas the happiness index covers things like access to health
care, education, also well-being and happiness, how far your money goes, pressures in life,
and things like that. So, it’s a much more interesting way to measure someone’s happiness,
right? Now, if I was to ask you, and I think this is fundamentally a very important question,
what does the definition of happiness as a Chinese person mean to you?
Vivi: Like, if my health is secure, I got a house, and then I’m not going to starve…
Matthew: Damn, look. Sorry. Vivi: …that’s a basic one, and then, like,
if I can sometime enjoy my life and then have enough spare money to spend on, I think that’s
pretty much. Matthew: Yeah. It’s a pretty simple way to
look at it, right? Vivi: Yeah.
Matthew: I think that’s what most people probably care about in life, for sure, but
if I were to ask you this now, what would you think the happiest countries in the world
are and why, like as a Chinese person if I asked you, what would you think are those
nations? Vivi: Happiest. I think is European.
Matthew: Okay. So, anywhere in Europe would be considered pretty happy.
Vivi: Because their healthcare and then their school and then everything is secure, I think,
like, and they have money, so they’re not poor.
Matthew: So, you’re saying socialist systems are basically happy.
Vivi: I think that does… Matthew: Okay. Now, very interestingly, the
happiest nations in the world are very, very much European. They’re also Northern European.
So, Finland’s number one. Then you have Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland – all of these
freezing cold dark Nordic countries that you’d think would be really sad, you know, and depressed
because of the weather. We also see Canada very high in the list, for the very same reasons
I’m assuming, right? You have relatively democratic-free countries with good social programs that dominate… Derucci spotting. Derucci’s made it abroad, guys. Someday I will do, with my friend, a documentary
on Derucci. You guys need to know his story in detail and we need to find him. Anyway,
these countries typically are democratic-free countries with good social programs. However,
you also see very high up on the list things like America and other countries that have
much less socialism, much less social programs, but very, very high degrees of freedom, right?
So, as much as you guys like to bitch and moan in the comments section like, oh, America
is not as good as people say, there are a lot of personal freedoms and rights and things
like that. I want to ask you this. We’ve seen a lot of movement on this chart, like, up
and down with countries all around the world, and, typically, Asian countries in general
have done really badly, right? Why would you say Asian nations in general score so poorly
on the happiness index? Vivi: How can I say? I mean, like, in general,
the working environment is actually really stressful.
Matthew: Competitive. Vivi: Yeah. It’s really competitive. For
example, right now, the closest we can say it’s like China and also Hong Kong.
Matthew: Okay. Vivi: We…I used to thinking China’s more
relaxed because we can actually afford a house. Even social security system is not that good.
Matthew: There are no social programs, but it’s cheaper.
Vivi: Yeah, there’s no…yeah, it’s cheaper. Like, if you have a little illness or something, you can cure it with a small amount of money.
Matthew: Right, right, right, right. Good point. Vivi: And back then, you can afford a house, back then.
Matthew: Right Vivi: And then there is
food you can afford, and the money you can spend, it’s kind of even.
Matthew: Right. Vivi: But, fairly recent, like,
people started couldn’t afford housing anymore. Matthew: Right.
Vivi: And then, like, I used to thinking Honk Kong is ridiculous. You can’t afford anything.
Matthew: It’s too expensive here. Vivi: It’s even worse. Oh my gosh.
Matthew: It’s way worse. Vivi: So, I think…I didn’t know about
the suicide rate but I do know the stress from…I do know the stress in Hong Kong is
absolutely skyrocketed. Matthew: Right.
Vivi: Like, you can’t even afford to…like, normal people I know, like, my relatives and
stuff, if they live in Hong Kong, like, their salary they’re young, they just
graduate, the way, like…the salary they got and that compared with the…even the
rent, it’s just, like, not even balanced. Matthew: Yeah. If you’re making HKD$12,000
a month, you can’t pay for 15,000 for the rent. You’re literally in debt every month.
Vivi: Yeah. I mean, when you just graduate, you’re not expecting you can get much, but
the thing is, yes, they would kind of check about those rent and stuff in those, like,
really, really outside of the… Matthew: Like middle of nowhere areas.
Vivi: Yeah. It’s like 15 or 16,000 Hong Kong dollars per month.
Matthew: Right. Vivi: People can’t even afford
Matthew: That’s like the average salary here, so you’re paying your average salary in rent
every month. It makes no sense. Vivi: Yeah. They don’t eat, they don’t
sleep, they don’t spend anything… Matthew: Right.
Vivi: …they don’t need to pay for the bill and everything, and then they probably
can afford to rent a house. Matthew: Right. So, funnily enough, we’ve
seen Japan basically stay around where it is. Very stressful place to live. Oh, what
do we got here? Vivi: Apparently they’re famous for their….what’s
it called? Matthew: Pineapple buns?
Vivi: Yeah. Matthew: Let’s go try it out. Vivi, this
place is really crowded. Vivi: Yeah.
Matthew: Where did you take me? Vivi: I don’t know.
Matthew: Look at this place. It’s insane. There’s like a billion people in here. We’re
going to try to get their specialties and continue this video. This place is very claustrophobic.
I can’t even get your face on camera. What is this?
Vivi: This is, directly translate, supposed to be pineapple bun with butter.
Matthew: Okay. So, it’s just a bun, like, a sweet bun with butter on. Is that just pure
butter? How is it? It’s good? It’s weird just to eat a piece of butter, kind of like
it’s lunch meat. Actually, it looks like they’re sponsored by the butter company Anchor. I
wonder if that’s why they just put a massive piece of butter in there. My butter suspicions
are confirmed, I think. Can you cut a piece of this? What is this? Hong Kong French toast?
So, they put honey on it, a bunch of butter on it. That is just…that is not what you’re
supposed to eat every day, is it? That’s just a pool of honey and butter and there’s peanut
butter inside the French toast, right? Usually? Yeah.
Vivi: Yes. Normally, you can’t eat the similar kind in America though.
Matthew: No. This is a very different kind of French toast. It’s absolutely delicious
but it feels like you’re doing something real bad, like way bad. Not like you just ate a
big hamburger. Like, I shouldn’t be eating this, you know what I mean? It’s very good,
though. So popular, they literally have one right next to the other one. I don’t know
why the happiness index in Hong Kong is so low when they can eat food like that every
day. Frick. I would so obese if I ate that every day.
Vivi: Yeah. Matthew: It’s more affordable than other
stuff but, yeah, in total, we spent like almost $20 on that meal, which is kind of ridiculous
for a piece of French toast and some noodles at a cheap place and a cheap area. Anyway,
happiness index. So, we’ve seen Taiwan really just blow up in the happiness index. It’s,
like, the only Asian nation in the top, you know, top bracket of happy places, and I think
that’s really interesting because you have a situation where there’s Chinese people living
in a Chinese country but their happiness index is so much higher than the rest of the other
Asian nations. I would attribute that to the fact that they almost have a European-style
social program system. Wouldn’t you agree? Vivi: Their social program system is so good.
Matthew: Healthcare’s free. Vivi: And I just heard, like, a friend was
saying, like, no matter what kind of little thing, if like they have a little
car accident or something, like they just scratch, it gets scratched a little, they
will directly call ambulance. Oh my gosh. You don’t even know. Like, in China, in America,
in Hong Kong, if you try to call ambulance, you’re going to go broke.
Matthew: So, we see Taiwan with a very much…like, if you compare Taiwan to Hong Kong, much slower
pace of life. Vivi: Yeah.
Matthew: Very friendly society people, very chit chatty, and nice to each other.
Vivi: Less crowded and then their housing… Matthew: Less crowded. Stuff is cheap.
Vivi: …is reasonable. Matthew: Right. I mean, the housing is still
expensive there, but if you look at the spending power of someone in Taiwan, it’s actually
better than Japan even though they make less money. So, it shows you it’s a much less stressful
lifestyle. Vivi: The housing you said, that’s not comparable.
Matthew: No. Not to…no. Vivi: In Taiwan and compare with Hong Kong,
oh my gosh. That’s, like, crazy. Matthew: Right, right. For sure. Anyway, the
biggest one that we need to talk about is mainland China which has dropped to 86, which
is why I named my channel laowhy86. No. China has dropped to 86 and I think that, you mentioned
this earlier, I think China was too poor before to be stressed out and unhappy. China was
a very poor country very recently, you know what I mean, and I think, now, with the pressures
and stresses of being a more developed country, kind of catch-up, and then with the lack of
government help in social programs, you’re going to see China get pretty, pretty stressed
out and worried and probably much less happy than before, because you have a system where
pretty much you have no help if you’re poor. There’s no aid or welfare, really, to speak
of. It’s in a situation now where things are so expensive. I remember I could get a meal
for about 5 RMB when I first got there. Nowadays, I mean, there’s absolutely no way
you’re going to spend that. The prices of everything have increased – houses, food
– and salaries have increased but only for a certain bracket of people. So, I don’t know.
I feel like there is a dark path ahead in that respect but, that being said, I hope
everyone out there, you guys in particular, are happy yourselves, and whether you’re happy
or not, it doesn’t really matter because what I want you guys to know is that we really
appreciate you, every one of you. This sounds like an ADVCHINA outro, doesn’t it? So whethere or not you care about politics or you just kind of ignore them. We love you all the same. If you
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If you liked the video, give the video a like, leave a comment down below. Would you consider
your country a happy country? Tell me where you live. I’m actually curious. Where do all
the subscribers come from? Vivi: Yeah.
Matthew: And subscribe if you haven’t, if you’re new to the channel. Whoa. What’s
that? No. I’m looking at the car. You’re looking at the cat. Oh, that’s an Audi R8. Don’t see
those around often. Anyway, I want to say thank you so much, laowinners, and I’ll
catch you… Vivi: …in the next one.