mainland Chinese people, especially netizens are incredibly nationalistic. I would say that its more that they hate EVERY other Asian country. Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam etc I think a lot of it is due to 1) arrogance because China is the world’s #2 power and 2) jealousy of Korea/Japan due to them having more cultural influence despite China’s 5000 year history of being more powerful than them.
But, there’s no reason for China to hate Korea:
-Korea has never invaded China in its history, or any other country for that matter
-Online rumors of “korea claims ____ (of Chinese origin) is korean” is totally false. I have many Korean friends, and none of them believe this nonsense.
-More Chinese tourists do plastic surgery in Korea than native Koreans do. I have friends who work at plastic surgery clinics who know this to be true, plus you can look up the stats. Also, most Korean women have not done plastic surgery. This is exaggerated by online rumors.
-Both Korea and China were invaded and horrible things done to them by the Japanese
-the THAAD placed in Korea was USA’s doing, not Korea
-China is Korea’s #1 trading partner and Korea is China’s #3 trading partner.
-Lots of Koreans are learning Chinese to do business with them. Lots of Kpop stars release Chinese versions of their songs to appeal to Chinese. How many Chinese are learning Korean?
-Chinese like to exaggerate how nationalistic Koreans are. In my years living in Korea and having well over 300+ Korean friends I have not seen them act nationalistic in any way. Many Koreans don’t have any ill feelings towards China (except for the ‘microdust’ issue perhaps) and there’s an Asian Boss video where they interview Koreans on the street about China and most of them seem very neutral about China. On the other hand there was another Asian Boss video interviewing Chinese on the street (Shanghai) about Korea and there seems to be Chinese that just hates Korea for no apparent reason at all.
in my opinion there shouldn’t be any ill will between the two countries; there just isn’t any valid justification for China hating Korea. The reason seems to stem from misconceptions, false rumors and jealousy, that’s it. It’s unfortunate.
For example, I was making ramen with my Chinese friend one time and he noticed I had a bag of Shin Ramyun and said ‘Oh you know what? Chinese ramen is better! you should try it!’ like even something like a freaking bag of ramen… and you know what, Chinese people seem to think that Koreans think they are superior but in my time in Korea I never once met a Korean who said something like ‘___ (Korean) thing is the best / better than Chinese!’ I never met any girls who boasted that Korean girls were superior to Chinese girls, etc. It’s bizarre how Chinese just randomly antagonize Koreans without any factual proof or evidence.
Below answer from another Chinese person who supposedly thinks that Koreans are all super nationalistic. When I asked this person if they ever met any Koreans or talked to any Koreans about this, they admitted that they had not and it was based on assumptions. And there’s other Chinese posters I have seen online that make BS assumptions about Korea. They usually take one incident or one post from a Korean nationalist (usually from 15–20 years ago) and generalize it and assume that EVERY Korean must be like that. It’s ridiculous.
All these comments are irrational. All Koreans claim Confucius is theirs? All Koreans claim origin of Chinese is Korea? All Koreans laughed at Chinese dying in an earthquake? Give me a break. Some Korean lady from 25 years ago did something condescending to Chinese so every Korean must be like that? One Korean shooting the Chinese prime minister with a laser light at a ceremony years ago? Guess that means all Koreans must hate China. Distorted reports about China? You mean like the distorted rumors about Korea that Chinese make up all the time online? Korean tour guides talking up their history? Wow imagine that! So I guess Chinese tour guides must be all pretty humble when they are talking about their history right? See how ridiculous all these arguments sound?
^ Show me what Koreans (who were FORCED to fight) did to Chinese that was worse than Japan’s Unit 731. I’ll wait. In fact it’s hard to imagine anything that a human can do to another human that’s worse than Unit 731.
Looks like it’s been Chinese who have been doing most of the nationalistic claiming of Korea’s things or hating on Korea for reasons that are probably not valid.
Below I have a screenshot of a Chinese girl who literally blocked me on WeChat after I asked her why she hated Korea and grouped Japan and Korea together. She never told me why and just asked me to go read the news. Very vague answer indeed. I assume its because Koreans were part of the Japanese army but that’s not their fault – they were colonized by Japan at the time. And lots of Koreans were slaughtered and died by Japanese hands. A good portion if not majority of sex slaves to Japanese Army were Korean women.
I lived in Korea before, made many Korean friends, have never heard any of them say they hate China or had a conversation like this where they would outright say they hate China and defriend me because of it. Never happened. Sure there might be some Koreans who dislike Chinese or China but I personally have never experienced or witnessed it, but I have ran into a lot of Chinese (both in real life and online) who hate Korea for irrational reasons. Some of whom told me the reason they hate Korea is because Koreans are super nationalistic or claim that Confucius is Korean etc which I have never heard from any Korean. Go figure.
^ Chinese talking about what they think about Korea. There’s one Chinese girl in there who just hates Korea for no reason.
^ Koreans talking about what they think about China. I don’t hear anyone saying they outright hate China here.
The real question should be why do so many Chinese think or believe that Koreans are super nationalistic? Because they saw one Korean post something some crazy claim and then started spreading it online and assumed that every Korean was therefore also making the same crazy claim? I have seen this before. Not only do I believe that this is the root cause of the ‘Koreans think ___ is Korean’ rumour but also the 2002 World Cup (which FYI was almost 20 years ago) led to this whole ‘Koreans are super nationalistic’ rumour.
Koreans have never invaded China in its history, while China played a major part in the role in splitting up the Korean peninsula and supporting North Korea. Koreans have never banned or boycotted Chinese products while Chinese continue to boycott and ban kpop/kdramas etc even during the COVID19 pandemic Korean government refused to ban Chinese travelers while China banned Korean travelers pretty quickly. Chinese is the second most studied foreign language in Korea after English. So it goes to show that Korea is bending over backwards for China in politics and I’ve never met a Korean who outright hated Chinese, but you see China ban or restrict Korea products, Chinese hating Korea, etc without any good reason. It’s just sad. I wish both countries could just get along cause there’s really no good reason to hate each other (unlike with Japan)
The reasons Koreans hate or dislike China is because of one of these 3 reasons:
1. China helped North Korea during the Korean War leading to the current split Korean state and constant threat of nuclear annihilation (as well as the US presence)
2. Air pollution comes from China and affects Korean air
3. THAAD deployment, which was a US policy, caused China to boycott and ban Korean goods and entertainment and travelers from Korea, affecting Korea’s economy. That is bullying, pure and simple.
These 3 reasons are actually rational, unlike the reasons why Chinese hate Korea.
^ proof that Korea is not a ‘US puppet state’ as much as Chinese think.
Edit: some Chinese below have said the reason why Chinese hate Koreans because: 1) they are US Puppet and 2) they were with the Japanese army to which I respond with 1) US was the one who saved South Korea from destruction in the Korean War and 2) Korea was forced to fight in the Japanese army as they were a colony of Japan at the time. In addition, Korea suffered ALOT during the Japanese colonial period too, and a majority of the ‘comfort women’ during the war actually came from Korea. Thats the major reason Korea still hates Japan today.
However despite Chinese having a history of invading Korea (see: Tang Dynasty war against Silla, Qing Dynasty invasion of Joseon) and of course backing North Korea during the Korean War leading to the currently divided Korean state, Koreans do not harbor any ill will towards China and continues to support China ie. Korea turns blind eye to Hong Kong, Taiwan issues
Meanwhile despite Korea never invading China in its history or trying to interfere in Chinese business, China and Chinese continue to bully and look down on Korea and Koreans by calling them a ‘US puppet state’ and boycotting their entertainment and spreading false rumors about them like ‘Koreans all think Confucius is Korean’ etc. Tell me does this makes sense?
I mean it basically boils down to Korea’s association with Japan as it was previously a colony of Japan, and Korea’s current association with the US, since the US saved them during the Korean War. Korea’s crime to China is just being associated with nations they don’t like. That’s it. Kind of ridiculous.