Sunday, January 29, 2006

You say Kimono, I say Korea

I found this doing a search on Asian fashion.

Elle Magazine in ¡®Korean Kimono¡¯ Blooper

The U.S. edition of the women¡¯s fashion magazine Elle in November committed the faux pas of describing traditional Korean dress or hanbok as ¡°Korean kimono,¡± the word for the better-known costume worn in former colonial power Japan.

A Korean-American discovered the howler in an article titled ¡°LA Story¡± and wrote an irate letter demanding a correction.

Janet Kim, who lives in New York, pointed out that Korea has its own language, clothing, customs and unique culture.

Elle ran a correction in its December edition.

Another Korean-American commented Kim¡¯s short complaint was written with dignity and said her attempt to correct such misunderstandings sets a good precedent for other Korean residents in the U,S. to follow.

I don't mean to be offensive but what is the big deal? Alot of countries have the same type of outfits. I mean Scotland and Ireland have kilts and Mexicans and Texans have cowboy hats. Why is it such a scandal to say Korean Kimon


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because it's not Korean kimono, it's hanbok. It's like saying kung fu is the same thing as karate. Also the history between Korea and Japan is that most Koreans hate to be associated with anything Japaneses.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid Questions Deserve Severe Beatings. You said it not me. Stupidass.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a fair amount of animosity between Koreans and Japanese. That's prolly another reason.
That being said, they all look the same to me.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Ole said...

Yawn. Not nearly enough inanity today: just the single cretinous remark. Eating our brain food, I see.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

I agree...Well, here is another Korean culture thing, a novel "After 9/11: A Korean Girl's Sexual Journey." It says about Kimchi, soju, Dog Meat Stew...including Dokdo's America life...etc. Good luck!

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Ole said...

In retrospect, this single post has finaly convinced me that this blog is a hoax. And I feel a vague sense of disappointment.

3:45 AM  

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