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This thirst for international recognition is very representative of social processes involving identity, and it is in this sense that the Olympic Games can be symbolically considered the turning point of the status of kimchi. Korean people were proud of the economic miracle they had achieved and expected for international recognition of the value and superiority - or at least equality - of their cultural tradition. These were reactions against the military dictatorship during more than two decades and against a society ruled by cosmopolitanelites.

Industrialization, urbanization, the generalization of nuclear family, the increased participation of women in labor market, these socioeconomic changes promoted large scale food industry. The first Kimchi Museum opened its door in established by a small food manufacturer Myeongga. The next year, it is another food manufacturer Pulmuone who bought the Museum and still owns and manages it in The opening of this private museum is another event helping us to date the coronation of kimchi and also another fact showing the interrelation between cultural nationalism and economic interests.

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This Museum contributed greatly to elevate the status of kimchi by providing an institutional base camp for its promotion and prestige. In , a Kimchi Museum University was organized and it was officially registered as a Museum at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in achieving the process of institutionalization.

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Its particular taste and strong odor made it a very suitable candidate as a symbol of Koreanness. The establishment of the Kimchi Museum in by food industry is another step in its institutionalization as the national dish. These trends form the historic context of the consolidation of kimchi as a symbol of national identity. For every Olympic Games since , kimchi entered the official menu for athletes and Korean food manufacturers supplied it. This internationalization of the national food is considered and presented as a triumph of Korean culture by the media.

Each time, the demand for kimchi supply by the Organizing Committee was news for Korean media, reflecting the psychological need for international recognition. We can expect for similar media coverage for the Beijing Olympics. Rather, by quoting the analysis or the perception of foreign media, Korean media seek the appearances of objectivity.

Kimchi has also been praised for its beneficial effects on health. Several research teams underlined the positive impact of kimchi in preventing cancer, constipation, high blood pressure and diabetes As the title of the first article indicates, foreign media are considered as more efficient in elevating the objectivity of the claim. Thus, the citation forms a circle with Korean media quoting foreign media, quoting Korean researcher. This large, frequent, and repetitive media coverage on the beneficial effects of kimchi contributes to its consolidation as a national symbol: It is not only recognized by international society, but receives also the affection of foreigners.

Kimchi is not only tasty, but also good for health and prevents traditional as well as new diseases like deus ex machina medicine. The pseudo-scientific discourses often traces the origin of kimchi back to the Three Kingdoms period 4th to 7th century A. But more serious historical studies show that the most popular and generalized form of kimchi - hot and spicy, with a lot of red-pepper and prepared with Chinese cabbage - is a rather recent invention. The red-pepper was introduced to Korea by Japanese during the Korea-Japan War of , but its utilization was generalized only around Furthermore, the Chinese cabbage was introduced only at the end of the 19th century From this perspective, kimchi can also be considered a representative fusion food generalized in modern Korea rather than an invariable form of food representing Korean long-term tradition and wisdom.

But as scholars of nationalism know, time is an important legitimating power elevating the status of national symbols. The mobilization of the scientific community was much stronger in natural sciences. The period is characterized by a sudden upsurge in the number of studies reflecting perhaps the heightened status of kimchi as national symbol. With a growing number of scientists studying kimchi, the institutional basis for research was created in by the establishment of the Kimchi Research Institute in Pusan National University For a part of scientific community, especially that of food and nutrition science, the emergence of kimchi as national symbol was an excellent opportunity to develop a subfield of study.

Research on kimchi could be considered an act of patriotism as well as a professional activity. At the same time, the need for industrialization of kimchi production reflected a more profound change in Korean society with a growing number of people eating outside or consuming manufactured food even at home. Large conglomerates such as Lotte, Doosan, or Cheiljedang were among the kimchi producers as well as companies specialized in food industry such as Dongwon and Pulmuone, the latter being the owner of the Kimchi Museum Kimchi produced by relatively large industrial corporations with high level of quality control was destined to be sold to and consumed by households, while a large number of small and medium sized companies produced low quality and competitive price kimchi to be sold to collective meals providers or restaurants.

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In , a big kimchi-related industrial market was created with the launch of kimchi refrigerator: Traditionally, a large quantity of kimchi was made in autumn for winter consumption, and it was conserved in jars buried in soil. With urbanization, a majority of Koreans lived in apartment and did not possess the soil where to bury and conserve their kimchi. Refrigerator was a good functional substitute but presented some problems: It was too small to conserve large quantity of kimchi, and the strong odor of kimchi was imbibed into other cohabitants.

Samsung and Golstar later LG , two leaders in Korean electronics industries quasi-simultaneously launched their kimchi refrigerator in Two years later, Winia Mando launched a very popular model of kimchi refrigerator called Dimchae, which is the ancient name for kimchi: This model became the leader of the market with its cumulated production reaching , in , one million in , and two million in In , only 0.

It was thus proved that kimchi and its derivative products had an enormous industrial and commercial potential. The scientific and technological approach of kimchi was emphasized with proliferation of kimchi research centers and teams: Hanyang Yutong, a chain of supermarkets, opened a research center in in Seoul 45 ; LG founded the Kimchi Research Center in their home electronics industrial complex of Changwon in ; The same year, Samsung, kimchi refrigerator manufacturer, made alliance with kimchi producer Pulmuone, which had already organized its own kimchi research team since ; Winia Mando created its research team in , and experimented different kimchi making and conserving technology with one million Chinese cabbages in ten years time This association is located in the Kimchi Research Institute in Pusan National University and represents an effort to mobilize both scientific and industrial actors of kimchi and derivatives.

So far, the promotion of kimchi has been exclusively the fact of civil society: Journalists bragging the mysterious strength of Korean traditional food, food scientists creating the subfield of kimchi studies, and industrials catching the opportunity of Korean societal change to create a market for industrially processed kimchi as well as for kimchi special refrigerator.

The role of the state began with the symbolic manipulation: In , the Ministry of Culture and Sports proclaimed the best five Korean cultural symbols.

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Kimchi and bulgogi 48 couple was among the five along with hanbog traditional dress , hangeul Korean alphabet , Bulgug Bouddhist Temple and Seoggul-am, and taekwondo national martial arts Ironically, these symbols were called the Corporate Identity of Korean Culture reflecting the mixed-influence of mercantilism exports rather than imports even in cultural matters and neoliberalism commodification of everything, including culture.

Ten years later in , the Ministry of Culture and Tourism publicized the ambitious list of One Hundred Symbols of National Culture 50 , with, of course, kimchi. Kimchi figures among eleven symbols related to eating and drinking: Others are ddug rice cake , jeonju bibimbab Jeonju style rice with assorted mixtures , gochujang red-pepper paste , doenjang bean paste , samgyetang chicken broth , onggi Korean pottery , bulgogi, soju and maggeolli traditional alcohol , naengmyeon cold noodles , and jjajangmyeon Chinese style noodles The criteria for selection were symbolic value, possibility for commercial and industrial development, globalization meaning exports possibilities, commonness in both South and North Korea, and affirmation of Koreanness for disputed territories like Dogdo.

In a sense, kimchi fulfills all these criteria, even the last one because of the disputes on kimchi standardization with Japan, as will be considered later. This state policy of symbolic manipulation is symptomatic of the government efforts to generalize the trajectory of kimchi as a successful cultural item. Kimchi, from stinking but indispensable everyday foodstuff, has become a proudly proclaimed Korean national treasure, good for health and environment, and simultaneously very profitable business in both domestic and international markets.

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