‘Chinatown’ petition shows rising sensitiveness of S.Koreans on issues related to Chinese culture: expert
A tourist attraction in South Korea, which the local media claimed to be a “Chinatown,” has sparked so much controversy and anti-China sentiment that a South Korean politician had to clarify that the cultural complex is in fact not Chinese-themed but intended to showcase Korean architecture. Nonetheless, 600,000 South Koreans have already signed a petition demanding a halt to the construction.
The event has prompted Chinese experts to call for an easing of the growing overreaction and sensitivity of some South Koreans over issues related to Chinese culture. The anti-Chinese sentiment shown in the controversy might be driven by conservative forces in South Korea amid a simmering cultural feud between the netizens of the two countries, observers said.