Starting from last month, many netizens have been creating various posts asking similar questions on online communities. These posts all wonder why the Korean Hanbok is often seen in Chinese shows and dramas.
Dancers who were dancing behind the candidates wore clothes similar to Hanbok at the '2020 Miss Hong Kong Contest' that was held on August 30th. Netizens pointed out that the back dancers' clothes are very similar to Hanbok and wondered why they were wearing them. Netizens asked, "Isn't the Chinese traditional dress the Qipao?" Some even commented, "Hope they're not trying to steal the Korean culture."
The Korean netizens also discovered that the Hanbok style clothing was also seen in Chinese dramas as the clothing worn by maids. Korean netizens criticized that it seemed that Hanbok is being depicted as a low-class attire in these dramas.
Recently, various Korean online communities and social networking sites have been continuously raising the question, "Is China trying to steal the Korean hanbok?" The Hanbok's appearance in Chinese shows such as beauty contests, dramas, and even fashion shows has increased recently. Many Korean netizens are worried this might be the process in which China will start claiming Hanbok is their traditional clothing.
For example, in the Chinese drama 'The Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty' that aired this year, the main character is seen wearing a hat and Wangjin that is closely similar to the 'Gat' and traditional headband seen in the Joseon Dynasty. A few Chinese netizens stated, "I thought this was a Korean drama because their costume was similar to the Korean Joseon Dynasty and Goryeo Dynasty clothing."
Also, in another Chinese drama 'I've Fallen For You,' the female maids were seen wearing dresses that are very close to the Hanbok, adding to the suspicion that Hanboks are being depicted as low-class cultural clothing for China.
As more and more Korean netizens become wary of this, experts have added their opinion on this matter.
First, they confirmed if the clothing and accessories that are seen in the controversial photos are indeed unique to Korea. There was no disagreement among experts that the headband seen in the Chinese dramas and fashion shows recently was the Joseon Dynasty's style. The Wangjin, known as the Mang-geon in Korean, was worn on the foreheads by men to prevent hair from falling when they put on their hat over their topknots.
Although China had the Wangjins during the Ming Dynasty, they were a vastly different style. The Ming Dynasty Wanjins would be a larger net that is more like a hat rather than the headband seen in the Korean Joseon Dynasty.
Kim So Hyun, a professor of traditional clothing studies at Baehwa Women's University, explained, "Our mang-geon was styled in a way of putting on men's foreheads, while the Chinese were similar to a perforated hat."
In the case of the hat, it is hard to conclude that it is unique to Korea and that there were no hats similar to the Korean GAt in China. However, it is widely believed that the typical Gat was seen in the late Joseon Dynasty. There are drawing from the Song Dynasty in which depicts hats that are similar to the Gat. However, the hat is seen in a different style than the recent controversial hats seen in the Chinese dramas. One professor stated that "the Gat-style hat is not seen in China."
However, experts all have agreed that the dresses that were seen in this year's Miss Hong Kong contest and the Chinese drama 'I've Fallen For You' are very close to the traditional Hanboks from the Joseon Dynasty. The style of wearing the dress under the shirt, the Jeogori, first appeared in the Joseon dynasty in the 18th Century. Experts also claim that the collar seen on the Jeogori is unique to Korea and was hardly seen in China.
Korean netizens speculate that the Hanbok is becoming widely seen in Chinese shows as Korean historical shows, and the Korean traditional clothing is becoming more popular worldwide. As Hanbok is becoming widely recognized as the Korean traditional clothing, it seems that there is a hidden motive behind the appearance of the hanbok style clothing in Chinese shows. There are still many who worry that the Korean traditional clothing will be claimed as the traditional clothing of China later in the future.
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