Is kimchi South Korean or did China’s pao cai come first? A New York Times ad sparked the latest origin war over the beloved East Asian side dish

Origins series

  • Two influencers – South Korea’s Hamzy and China’s Li Ziqi – clashed over emojis and hashtags as the ‘kimchi wars’ heat up
  • Academic Seo Kyoung-duk forked out for an ad affirming kimchi’s Korean origins in the New York Times, adding extra spice to the issue