Chinese agency fires Korean mukbang vlogger after saying that kimchi is a Korean dish - The Most Popular Lists


Chinese agency fires Korean mukbang vlogger after saying that kimchi is a Korean dish

The fermented cabbage dish known as kimchi continues yet again to be a source of ferment and agitation between South Korea and China. This time, a popular South Korean YouTuber was fired by her Chinese agency after maintaining that the dish is in fact a Korean food.

The cultural clash this time was triggered by an innocent video "like."

Hamzy is a South Korean YouTuber that live-streams herself while binge eating, a popular trend in South Korea called mukbang. Last Jan. 15, Hamzy, who has over 5 million subscribers, uploaded a video of her eating a “Super Spicy Octopus Bibimpap” that features white kimchi and fried eggs. Yum, right? Anyway.

Someone left a comment on the story saying, “‘It’s really disappointing coz these days China says that Ssam is theirs too.” Ssam means “wrapped” in Korean and refers to the way of wrapping pieces of meat in leafy vegetables with kimchi. Hamzy apparently liked the comment, which then sent Chinese netizens into a fit as a number took it offensively and left hateful comments on her channel.

Her Chinese agency, which handles her promotion in the mainland, went so far as apologizing. Hamzy also did a live video to apologize.

But the hate did not stop so Hamzy posted a note on YouTube where she said her pressing “like” on the comment did not mean anything.

The controversial mukbang video features white kimchi, which is a fermented cabbage without the red chili pepper

“If Chinese subscribers feel offended and betrayed because I appeared to approve the comment by pressing the ‘like’ button, then I apologize,” said Hamzy.

But even after the string of apologies, Hamzy said that her Chinese agency decided to cancel her contract.

She maintained that her “opinion that Ssam and Kimchi are traditional Korean food and does not change.”

“If I have to call traditional Korean food as a Chinese food only to work in China, then I would not work in China. Same can apply to Chinese people, they should not call a Chinese food a Korean food to work in Korea,” she said. “That I am sure Chinese people can understand well.”

WATCH: Kimchi feud: Koreans now angry due to Chinese claims over their treasured dish

Found this article interesting? Share it with your friends! πŸ‘πŸΌ

This article first appeared on Philippine Star.

Enjoyed the article? We are a team of volunteers who want to provide relevant and factual information. We appreciate any amount of donation to keep the inspiring stories from our team coming! πŸ™


  1. acetyl l carnitine is best known as a fat burner but the overall research is mixed. It is unlikely to cause significant weight loss. However, studies support its use for health, brain function and disease prevention. Supplements may also benefit those with lower levels, such as older adults, vegans and vegetarians.

  2. "You are so intriguing! I figure I haven't really scrutinized anything equivalent already.
    It's uncommon to find someone who has a certified idea on this point.
    Genuinely, thank you for starting this.좜μž₯μ•ˆλ§ˆμΆ”μ²œ
    좜μž₯μƒ΅λ§€λ‹ˆμ €


Enjoyed this article?

We appreciate any amount of donation to keep the inspiring stories coming from our team! πŸ™