Park Myung-soo expressed his concern about “K-food” tteokbokki.
On KBS Cool FM’s “Park Myung-soo’s Radio Show,” which aired on Feb 18th, Jeon Min-ki, a big data expert, appeared to create a “Search N Chart” section to find out the hottest keywords and charts.
Tteokbokki was mentioned as the last keyword. Introducing tteokbokki, team leader Jeon Min-ki said, “Korean food is popular these days because it is called K-food, especially in Vietnam and China. In Vietnam, thick noodles made of rice are added instead of rice cakes, and in China, thick vermicelli is added instead. As Korean dramas became popular, many confessed they tried them out of curiosity but it was very delicious.”
Then Park Myung-soo said, “Aren’t you calling it your original (despite it being called tteokbokki),” adding, “Don’t you insist that it’s yours whenever something comes up? Stop it,” he expressed his concern. This seems to be a criticism of China’s recent intensifying cultural process.
This is not the only time Park Myung-soo said such a thing.
Choi Min-jung (24, Seongnam City Hall), a Korean short-track speed skater, appeared as a guest on KBS2’s entertainment program “Happy Together”, which aired in May 2018, and said, “I am grateful to Park Myung-soo.”
At the time, Choi Min-jung said, “There was a dispute between us and the Chinese athletes during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. At that time, there were a lot of swear words on my SNS. After that, Park Myung-soo left some harsh words towards the Chinese athletes on the radio. Thanks to him, I got a lot of comfort in my heart,” she said.
Park Myung-soo said, “After saying that, 10,000 malicious comments were posted on my SNS. Fortunately, I didn’t get hurt. It was all in Chinese. I was not trying to disparage the Chinese. I just want it to be a fair game,” he explained.
In the meantime, he said, “People who wrote malicious comments also left a poop-like emoticon because they knew I couldn’t read Chinese.”
Meanwhile, KBS Cool FM’s “Park Myung-soo’s Radio Show” airs at 11 a.m. every day.