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‘Stop Eating Dogs’: NYC Korean Restaurant Vandalized

Anti-Asian sentiment continues to persist throughout the United States amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Now, a Michelin-star Korean restaurant in New York City has been vandalized, Eater reports.

The message “Stop eating dogs” was written with Sharpie across the window of Jeju Noodle Bar in the West Village. A customer who lives nearby the restaurant saw the graffiti and sent it a photo to the owner Douglas Kim via Instagram.

“I’m so sorry to have to relay this message and even more sorry that someone was horrible enough to do that,” the customer said in her Instagram direct message to Kim.

Kim is calling the incident a hate crime. It is just one of many instances of vandalism. A number of Asian restaurants in San Francisco have been vandalized. A restaurant in Seattle also had its windows smashed in. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Cali) said recently that attacks on Asian Americans are at about 100 per day, according to The Hill.

Kim told Eater he did not report the incident to the police because he was not convinced anything would be done.

“How are they going to find that person?” Kim told Eater. “How seriously are they going to take it?”

Instead, he posted a picture of the incident to Jeju’s Instagram in order to make people understand that Asian Americans are being harassed.

Several people reposted the photo and offered supportive comments. Kim said it was good to see that people cared.

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Do they have proof that Korean restaurant serve dog meat 🙄. some people are just ignorant.  

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@lannie

They do exist in South Korea. Legality of these restaurants is in the grey zone.

 

Don't know why this stereotype exists for Koreans. Eating dogs is not a significant element of our culture, and there's lots of other cultures that eat dogs.

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@saltech

Where's the dog meat in South Korea? 

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How often are restaurant that sucks dogs do you see on a daily basis?. Is it on Main Street public or is it on a isolated areas in South Korea?

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@lannie @Bacano G

 

Dog meat restaurants are not as common as other restaurants. Dog meat restaurants were as common as beef, pork and chicken before the 80s due to unavailability of other types of meat, but dog meat became more rare as the Korean economy grew and they were effectively banned in preparation for the 88 Seoul Olympics through regulations. Since, most dog meat restaurants moved out of urban zones, though some can still be found within cities. Dog meat is a type of Korean cuisine called Bosintang, which means vitality soup.

 

Some argue that dog meat was consumed in Korea since ancient times, proposing a Goguryeo wall painting as evidence where dogs are hung in preparation for cooking. Those in opposition however argue that the Goguryeo wall painting in question depict other animals such as boars and pheasants. In any case, it became popularized in Joseon period(14th~20th century) due to Confucian influence(dogs as sacrificial food) and Taoist influence(dogs as source of vitality). In the Goryeo period before that, dog meat was shunned on religious grounds(Buddhism). As for the Goguryeo/Baekje/Silla period(before 10th century), there is not much evidence, but some argue that dog meat was taboo due to nomadic cultural affiliation of those kingdoms. And even during Joseon period when dog meat became popular, it was still a matter of controversy with people treating it with disgust.

 

In modern times, as I've said earlier, dog meat was effectively banned in the 80s. In the 90s, the government was still reluctant on legalizing it due to dog meat being a taboo food. These days, opposition against dog meat consumption is increasing, with efforts to make it officially illegal, i.e. banned by law rather than regulations.

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Honestly, I didn't even know that Koreans have a history of of eating Dogs but thanks for giving me this history lessons. I do hope that Dog meat is ban in all of the Asian countries.  

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Asians have a reputation for serving Dogs & Cats in Latin America. I will post it without sounding like a racist if you guys allow me. 

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That will be the most popular thread in the history of this website 

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There was a thread about bat soap but the mods closed it

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Yes, I would like some honestly & civil conversation from the Asian mods about animal treatment in Asia. 

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For the purpose of animals rights but not to humiliate a race. 

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@lannie

It's well documented that Asians have a culture of eating dogs and the evidence is well presented by animal rights groups. 

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Asians are not the same. It's illegal to eat a dog in the Philippines. I am sure there are isolated exceptions but the majority do not eat dogs or cats. 

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@lannie

Japs don't eat Dogs, they eat whales & other endangered species. 

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@sonsofodin Consumption of dogs is a characteristic of cultures with intensive agriculture that use cows as labor animals. In such cultures, when sources of meat become scarce, especially in famines, dogs often become a significant source of food since cows are still needed for agriculture. In the opposite end of the spectrum, cultures with pastoralism consider dogs taboo meat, because dogs are necessary for herding and protection. So in the end, what really matters in cultural differences is the utility of those animals in economic activities.

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Cows are not used as labor animals anymore. So why the need for Dog meat & Cat meat?

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It became a tradition over time. As far as I know in Indonesia bats are commonly eaten, because it's available in caves. Korean dogs are farm dogs not pet dogs. 

 

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Dogs have a human child-like characteristics. Dogs are not the same as cows, pigs & chickens. 

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This is true, and every culture treats dogs (and cats) as special. 

But in the US they do euthanize dogs and cats for the smallest of reasons. They think they have the right as the master to put both sides at peace.

I actually don't agree with farming dogs for food myself. I'm saying people aren't killing their pets just to eat them.

In some rural parts of China, they capture stray dogs and do eat them, the family is happy and they still love dogs. 

Where I live there's no dog meat at restaurants at all nor at any market. People are complaining more about rabbit meat because they like rabbits. 

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@saltech

Then explain the reason for eating bugs

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do you know why Chinese medicine is unique and effective? they didn't get their by being squeemish, they tasted and tried every material over thousands of years.

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that's a lame excuse for eating insects. 

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Cantonese cuisine is delicious, they're brilliant at using any material. 

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I am not into insects, sorry. 

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Yes, there is evidence that some Asian restaurants serve dog meat. I don't mean to sound like a racist but there is a truth to it. In Mexico, Chinese restaurants has been busted for selling dog & cat meat. 

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Can you prove it?

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l**o Mexicans are evil White Supremacists for shutting down Chinese restaurants. 

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it's for health and animal rights issue. 

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yikes

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What's going on in NYC?

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Someone do a Asian dog eating thread 

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This thread is so racists

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