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After kimchi, is persimmon also Korean? Experts say so

After kimchi, is persimmon also Korean? Experts say so

The Supreme Court of South Korea (Source: Chosun Ilbo)

Li Ziyu, the creator of Chinese food short videos, was besieged by South Korean netizens for uploading videos of making kimchi, which has become one of the hot topics in the public opinion of China and South Korea.

However, the “kimchi dispute” has not stopped. The video of making persimmons released by Li Ziqi last year was turned out for discussion.

Many people left messages under the video in Korean, saying that “persimmons and kimchi are Korean cuisines”, which once again triggered a fierce war of words between netizens from the two countries around “persimmon cakes”.

January 12th, South Korea’s “Asia Today” website quoted Chinese media reports that Li Ziqi, who has 14 million fans on YouTube, uploaded a video of making kimchi, but also uploaded a video of making persimmons.

It is worth noting that some netizens who look like Koreans left messages in Korean under the video saying that “persimmons are Korean cuisine” and “Persimmons have been cultivated since the Korean era, but persimmons may have been eaten since the Korean era.

In the Suzong era of the Joseon Dynasty, there were persimmons in the gift catalogue of tribute to China.

These remarks immediately aroused dissatisfaction among Chinese netizens.” Asia Today said in its report that the debates about “kimchi” and “persimmon” are different in nature and level.

The former is complicated to make, but the latter is simple. Persimmon cakes can be made in places all over the world where persimmons are grown.

Therefore, the debate between Korean and Chinese netizens around “persimmon cakes” is meaningless. However, such a topic can even trigger such a fierce “war of words”. It can’t be said that South Korean netizens have no responsibility, but “Chinese netizens who find faults also have many problems”. Because with the development of China’s economy, the pride of the Chinese people has doubled.

According to the data, the reign of Emperor Suzong of the Joseon Dynasty was 1674-1720, which was the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty in China.

However, when it was written in the Warring States Period or the Han Dynasty, Erya, known as China’s first dictionary, has a record of “persimmon”. Therefore, at the latest in the Han Dynasty, China has begun to grow persimmons.

There are several explanations about the origin of persimmons. Among them, the earliest in history is Yangshao Niuxin persimmon, a specialty of Henan Jichi County. According to the Records of Qichi County, during the Han Dynasty, Yangshao Niuxin persimmon cakes were sent to the court as tributes. Another later one is “Fuping persimmon cake”.

The planting of persimmons in Fuping County, Shaanxi Province has a long history, and it was customary to plant in the early Han Dynasty. In the Ming Dynasty, the production process of Fuping persimmon cake was very mature.

In fact, many Chinese people know that planting persimmon trees in front of the ancients means: everything goes well and everything goes well.

In recent days, netizens from China and South Korea have had many fierce debates about the ownership of kimchi.

Previously, Xu Yude, a professor at South Korea’s Integrity Women’s University, also wrote to Baidu Encyclopedia to protest against the expression “kimchi originated in China” in the “kimchi” entry.

Some experts said that some South Korean netizens’ national self-esteem is more sensitive and their performance is too extreme, and some remarks with the color of “cultural conflict” are very undesirable.

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