In light of the ongoing controversy regarding Chinese netizens’ comments on parts of Korea’s historical culture, E-Sens recently took to his Instagram stories to express his frustrations.
For the past few months, a number of Chinese netizens have been making controversial claims, declaring ownership over numerous Korean cultural artifacts such as kimchi, hanbok, maedeup (decorative knot), and “Arirang.” These claims have infuriated the Korean nation, with E-Sens being one of many.
The rapper decided that it was time to voice his opinion publicly and joined in on the outrage. He returned the sentiment as he called these Chinese netizens “thieves” and defended that hanbok belonged to Korean culture.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Lunar New Years. It’s ‘hanbok’, not ‘hanfu’ you crazy thieves. The audacity you guys have… for those of you guys that think the ‘hanbok’ is Chinese, get a grip. It’s Korean.
The rapper continued with his frustration by asking if China will lay claim on the hip-hop culture too from the US.
In the future, you are guys are probably going to claim that hip-hop started in China and not America.
He reiterated his stance on the hanbok being a traditional Korean garment by writing it in Chinese for his Chinese followers.
‘Hanbok’ is Korean.
E-Sens followed up with another post, where he asked the Chinese public about the time they boycotted kimchi.
There’s something funny that I received through a mention. Previously, when China was boycotting South Korea, I heard that you guys boycotted kimchi. Is this true???????
He ended his string of posts by sharing the time when Chinese netizens once cursed him out while using kimchi as an insult.
Some of you Chinese netizens who were brainwashed told me that I needed to go study. You guys cursed me out and told me to ‘go eat kimchi!’ Now, you’re claiming that ‘kimchi’ is yours.
E-Sens’s posts have been largely praised by Korean netizens. They supported him for calling out against the claims that have been continuously made by the Chinese public.
- “Hahaha he’s such a nopaku (someone who is blunt and doesn’t care about people’s opinions.) I love it”
- “This is f**king funny hahahahaha”
- “Seriously, he has such nopaku sense”
- “This is hip-hop”
- “Good hahaha”
- “Hahaha bboobboobboobboo-i”