I live in Korea. In some ways, it's more advanced than any other country on the planet (technology). In others, it's...well, not as developed (sexism, rampant superstition).
But as the society changes, the perception of men is changing. Nowadays, there's a shift in public perception as to what the ideal man is. Today, he's a non-threatening, androgynous, "yes, dear" shopping companion--as designed by an unrestrained female imagination (this unrealistic objectification is not unlike how the "ideal woman" is perceived in many western countries).
The following link goes to an informative blog post describing this "new man." The counterpoint offered by a more old-school gentleman is priceless:
I'm not a Korean man, so I'm not expertly positioned to talk about the Korean concept of manliness. But perhaps you can speak from a first person perspective about manliness around the world? Do you identify with a foreign culture? What does MANLINESS mean to you and your kinsmen?