In a segment aired on SBS News, it has been revealed that China has now officially started to refer to South Korea as “Thief Country.”
The reason behind this nickname is due to their claims that South Korea is “stealing” the rights to their “culture.”
The Chinese public insists that numerous Korean traditions like kimchi, hanbok, and “Arirang” are really a part of their own cultural identity.
When Chinese netizens search the phrase “thief country” on Weibo (China’s popular social media platform), phrases referring to South Korea pop up right away.
Here is another example.
Along with these absurd Weibo searches, the most recent and bizarre case regarding the South Korean decorative knot, maedeup was brought up as well. This traditional South Korean cultural artifact is also being claimed by the Chinese public.
Chinese netizens took to a Korean culture Instagram page and filled the comment section with malicious comments, attacking South Korea for “stealing” maedeup from them.
While both South Korea and China have their own versions of decorative knots, there are subtle differences between the two. Regardless of these differences, however, the Chinese public has been relentlessly claiming South Korea’s maedeup as their own.
After months of these claims made by China, SBS News decided to tackle the difficult question, “Why is China doing this?”
In response to this question, SBS News shared the reason they believe China has been targeting South Korea.
One of the biggest items that the Chinese public has been claiming ownership of is the well-known South Korean dish, kimchi. China has made several public proclamations stating that the fermented cabbage dish originated in China and not South Korea. SBS News revealed that due to the influx of these claims, Korean kimchi factories have taken the issue into their own hands.
China has made unfair claims about kimchi. Due to this, a Korean kimchi factory took out a massive ad in ‘The New York Times.’
SBS News further shares what they believe the Korean public can do to fight against such claims.