Plain speaking sumo legend
This news is a couple of years old, but I dont think it has been reported before in English. Legendary Mongolian sumo wrestler Asashoryu called a overly obstinate Korean journalist a ‘kimchi bastard’. The Korean journalist had just freshly arrived in Japan from Korea.
In taking questions from journalists, the conversation with the Korean journalist went like this –
Korean journalist: “Grand champion, you like chanko hotpot? Dont you eat kimchi?”
Asashoryu: “Yes, I like it. I dont eat kimchi”
Korean journalist: “Kimchi is a superior foodstuff that is very good for the body, and the more you eat it, the healthier you become”
Asashoryu: “Like I said, I dont eat it”
Korean journalist: “Eating kimchi can prevent SARS, so even Mongolians like you have to eat it”
Asashoryu: “Annoying… Kimchi bastard”
Korean journalist: “Has the racial discrimination in Japan been terrible?”
Asashoryu: “No, there wasnt any particularly”
Korean journalist: “You dont have to hide it. What kind of discrimination did you face?”
Asashoryu: “No, I told you there wasnt any particularly”
Korean journalist: “particularly? That means there was some discrimination, right? What kind of discrimination?”
Asashoryu: “Look, im telling you there was none! Kimchi bastard!”
A poll was taken on the Japanese version of the Korean news site, Joins, to ask who was wrong, Asashoryu or the Korean journalist.
98% of respondents thought that the Korean journalist was wrong.
This is so funny. It is obvious that this Korean journalist has no idea how Korean ethnocentrism is percieved by non Koreans, and it is also interesting that he had already formed anti Japanese views before he arrived in Japan. I wonder how he did that. I think that the Korean journalists line of questioning was far more offensive than the words the questioning resulted in.