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The Koreans Consuming Canine Meat Meme is Racist

Dog in a hanbok

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I’m getting so bored with ignorant individuals associating trendy Korea with consuming canine meat. And even worse, portraying the whole nation as canine eaters. In trendy instances, associating Koreans with consuming canine meat is racist. It’s contributing to meals stereotypes. 

FACT: Different international locations eat canine too.

China. (Why China’s dog-meat market has expanded – The Economist)

Vietnam. (How consuming canine turned massive enterprise in Vietnam – The Guardian)

India. (The canine meat demise pits – Every day Mail)

Indonesia, (Indonesians’ Style for Canine Meat Is Rising, Whilst Others Shun It – The New York Occasions)

Even Switzerland. (Farmers in Switzerland routinely EATING cats and canines with their meals – Every day Mail)

The place are all of the canine meat jokes about these international locations?

FACT: Different international locations eat MORE canine than Korea.

Once more, China. So why is Korea getting all of the blame?

Over 70-percent of grownup Koreans in a 2017 survey don’t eat canine. That’s a quickly rising quantity as effectively. In truth, it’s laborious to get actual figures as of late about precise canine meat consumption. You may see it with the closing of the canine meat eating places, markets, and farms. Not due to Westerners shaming Korea. It’s as a result of Koreans simply don’t eat it anymore. Notably younger Koreans. It’s a behavior for the aged.

FACT: Koreans have been actively eliminating the canine meat trade.

In line with Wikipedia, the variety of canine meat eating places have gone down by half lately, and even that determine is outdated. It’s declining extra quickly than that. This has been attainable via media and activist consciousness BY KOREANS. Not by Westerners shaming Koreans.

I’d argue that the condescending stereotype from Westerners has had the reverse impact, inflicting some Koreans to turn out to be defiant, circling the wagons to defend a cultural follow that goes again to the autumn of the Roman Empire. It takes somewhat time to vary an virtually 1500-year custom. I’d say issues are going quickly.

The Korean president adopted a canine, rescuing it from slaughter. There’s a invoice within the works to shut down the farms. However even with out the laws, canine farms are closing.


There’s no extra enterprise.

The Moran Market, the notorious canine meat market, has closed down. In 2015, there have been 17,000 estimated canine farms. Two years later, that went right down to 2,800. That’s an over 6-fold decline. Farmers are attempting to get out of the trade. They’re accepting compensation to maneuver to several types of farming. It’s not like these people have the funds themselves to only change over. That requires lots of capital funding. And these guys need out.

However positive. Cling to your previous stereotypes.

FACT: Fashionable Koreans overwhelmingly think about canines to be pets, not meals.

One-third of Korean households have pets.

We’ve got TV exhibits on a regular basis about cute and mischievous canines. We’ve got lively and rising pet sale and pet equipment industries. Have you ever seen all the lovable canine garments we have now in Korea?

FACT: There is no such thing as a Korean canine meat competition. That’s in China.

Persons are complicated this with Boknal, that are three days scattered via summer season which might be thought of the most popular. There was a time when canine soup was thought of a medicinal necessity to assist with these days. Or frankly, to assist with a flaccid penis.

In trendy instances, ginseng hen soup (Samgyetang) has changed that on the medicinal facet. The little blue capsule on the opposite facet.

It’s China’s Yulin Pageant you’re pondering of. Fashionable Chinese language are principally towards it. However I perceive. You made a mistake. Confused China and Korea. All these Asians look alike, huh?

FACT: The few who nonetheless eat canine meat don’t want White Saviors

It feels SO GOOD to set your self in a morally superior place. I get it.

Congratulations! You don’t eat canine. You’re a very good individual.

Congratulations! You suppose canine consuming is merciless. You’re a very good individual.

Congratulations! You’re morally superior to those backward Asian individuals.


Sure, Karen, step away and respect that your finger wagging is one other type of colonialism. Koreans are doing effective in taking good care of the canine meat subject. They don’t want White Savior Becky to set the natives on the proper path, particularly if you happen to’re hijacking benign Korean meals posts to scold the Korean race.

All this does is make you’re feeling good. It’s ethical masturbation. 

This racist stereotype is thrashing a lifeless horse.

The Koreans-eating-dog-meat factor is previous. It’s stale. And contemplating that hardly anybody in Korea eats it anymore, it’s racist. It’s one other approach The West can really feel superior.

I’m not even going to go down that rabbit gap in regards to the questionable morality of how people resolve which animals are match for consumption. (Oh, and the French eat cute bunny rabbits.)

Every time South Korea rises to show that it went from a poverty stricken nation to probably the most excessive tech international locations on this planet–with a lot quicker web than you bought, Douggie–y’all gotta return and do the dawg thang.

Don’t you discover it hypocritical that it’s racist to stereotype sure ethnicities with sure meals, but it surely’s okay to stereotype one ethnicity for consuming a meals it barely eats anymore?

Why? It’s okay to stereotype Koreans?

Oh, and that Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy with the canine farm story? Lots of details received grossly distorted as a result of they didn’t slot in with the White Savior narrative.

  1. The canine farm within the piece was slated to shut anyway, resulting from stress from KOREANS. Gus didn’t shut the rattling farm. Actually? You thought that?
  2. Gus didn’t undertake all these canines. He adopted one. He adopted extra in Sochi.
  3. It was a publicity stunt by The Humane Society. Although I agree with the trigger, this wasn’t some random White Knight rescuing canines. It was deliberate.

There’s nonetheless some highway to go. However I’ve been seeing a lot ignorance on the web, like individuals saying they received’t go to Korea as a result of Koreans eat canines (although they’d go to China and different canine consuming international locations).

This isn’t 1988 anymore. There will certainly be a time when saying, “Koreans eat canine,” can be as minstrel as making slanty eyes and bucked enamel.

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