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South Korean Social Media Influencer Dropped by Chinese Media Agency for ‘Insulting China’

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South Korean Social Media Influencer Dropped by Chinese Media Agency for ‘Insulting China’

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A South Korean social media influencer recently came under fire for endorsing messages that Chinese netizens perceived as insulting to China mostly due to a mistranslation and was ultimately dropped from her Chinese management agency. Hamzy, a South Korean internet content creator who hosts mukbang, also known as an eating show where people stream themselves eating large quantities of food, has a YouTube channel with over five million subscribers and videos each generating several millions of views. YouTube allows content creators to “like” comments which then get marked with a heart, and Hamzy liked some comments left by Korean viewers that offended her Chinese fan base, reported Taiwan’s government-run Central News Agency (CNA). One of the comments that Hamzy liked claimed that kimchi, a side dish of salted fermented vegetables, belonged to South Korea. The ownership of salted fermented vegetables is heavily disputed between China and South Korea. In late …

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