Is China Trying to Steal Korean Culture Once Again?
Budae-jjigae, a dish that originated from poor Koreans cooking with leftover supplies leaked out from the U.S. military bases stationed in Korea after the Korean War, is now considered a soul food for Koreans.
However, a video introducing this dish as a Chinese food has sparked controversy.
On the 27th, a video titled ‘The Scale of Budae-jjigae on the Continent’ uploaded on the Chinese video platform TikTok has been widely spread on online communities.
The video features a woman in a colorful hanbok (Korean traditional attire) eating Budae-jjigae with ingredients such as fish cake skewers, rice cake, kimchi, and ramen, along with makgeolli (Rice fermented alcohol). This video is tagged with #ChineseFood #ChineseStory.
China is constantly attempting ‘cultural appropriation’ by claiming Korean cultures such as hanbok, kimchi, and Arirang as their own.
At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremony, 100 women dressed in hanbok performed fan dance and drum dance.
Professor Seo Kyung-duk of Sungshin Women’s University said, “Following hanbok, kimchi, Arirang, pansori, now even fan dance, China’s ‘cultural appropriation’ is ongoing” and emphasized that “more attention is needed not only for Japan’s distortion of history but also for China’s distortions.”
By. Yun Jung Nam