Hyoyeon, a member of Girls’ Generation, boldly expressed her thought about the current situation regarding China.
On Feb 7th, Hyoyeon posted a photo of herself dancing in Hanbok at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park in Jung-gu, Seoul, and a caption saying, “Our country’s Hanbok is beautiful.”
Hyoyeon did not mention the word China anywhere in her post. However, Internet users understand that Hyoyeon indirectly criticized China through this Instagram post. This is because the place where the picture was taken and the time when the picture was posted are subtle.
Dongdaemun History and Culture Park is a park designed to show the old history of Seoul built on the site of the old Dongdaemun Stadium. The day Hyoyeon posted the Hanbok photo is a week after Lunar New Year’s Day.
A woman in hanbok appeared at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics at Beijing National Stadium on Feb 4th, sparking controversy. This woman wearing a white jeogori (Hanbok’s top) and a pink skirt appeared in a group of performers representing China’s 56 ethnic groups moving the Chinese National flag together.
Criticism has emerged among Korean netizens that China is also attempting to distort history in the cultural realm as it is pushing for the so-called “Northeast Movement” to make Goguryeo and Balhae its own history.
Earlier, at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, about 100 women also performed the traditional fan dances and janggu dances to the Arirang folk song, causing great controversy.
Netizens who saw Hyoyeon’s picture responded, “Yes, this is our country, Korea’s Hanbok.”