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Kimchi Fingers a.k.a. Korean women good with their hands

Sometimes, this blog just writes itself:

The ‘theory’ goes that Korean women excel at feel sports such as archery and golf because of heightened sensitivity and dexterity in their hands and fingers.

This sensitivity supposedly developed generations ago through the traditional method of making the national dish kimchi, where women use their hands to lovingly squeeze, swirl and smear hot pepper paste over cabbage leaves for hours on end.

“South Korean women have more sensitive hands than any other women in the world,” said Baek Woong-gi, an archery coach for the Korean national team, before the team flew to London for the Olympics.

“They do things so well with their hands. When Korean women cook, it’s as if their hands are giving the food more flavour or taste.”

I direct you to Brian’s post from 2008.

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  • PekingMan

    Kimchi, every time it gets all the credit for Korean excellence. Starts to make you feel sorry for other food stuffs. I personally believe the our British industrial revolution came about as a result of centuries of churning milk to make cheese…prove me wrong.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Korean women excel on the LPGA because there are many of them on that tour because they receive the sponsorships. There are thousands upon thousands of excellent golfers you’ll never hear about because they can’t afford to turn pro. Some of these golfers still manage to become legends in their own right…in the golf world. Case in point:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1067692/index.htm

  • Josh

    So Korean men should also be excellent at golf and archery due to their hours and hours of using their hands to masturbate?

  • brier

    Does this story have a happy ending?

  • LazyassBruiser

    So Korean men should also be excellent at golf and archery due to their hours and hours of using their hands to masturbate?

    I'd say there's a **stiff** competition worldwide in that field

  • cm

    Another case of comments made by Korean officials that makes the entire 50 million Koreans look like idiots.

  • slim

    How many young women are making kimchi these days?

  • pineforest

    Gosh, I guess those Koreans are just…well… SUPERIOR or something.

  • jkitchstk

    “Chopsticks, kimchi fingers the key to success?”
    Many Waygooks use a bow and arrow and even golf clubs before chopsticks(at least I did), so why are so many Koreans amazed when Waygooks can use chopsticks?

  • R. Elgin

    “brier”, you are very naughty and I like that.

  • keyinjpop

    #9, are you sure it’s not microaggression?

  • http://atlantarofters.blogspot.com The Sanity Inspector

    I’ve had Koreans tell me that Korean surgeons are so excellent for the same reason: small, dexterous hands and fingers.

  • Setnaffa

    Mind you, I’m pretty certain a lot of folks who use chopsticks to eat kimchi have never been beaten in Olympic Archery contests…

  • Setnaffa

    Including me… ;-)

  • Jooyeon

    I can tell you none of my Korean girlfriends have ever touched a single piece of cabbage in their lives

  • Cloud

    @6 No cm, the people who think that comments by some delusional ajusshis represent the whole of Korea are the idiots. Handjob and masturbation jokes should give you a clue as to who they are.

    On the other hand, I smell the scent of an ex-ESL teacher in his reportage of the “gold greedy Koreans.”

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ Jeffery Hodges

    I like this line:

    “[Korean] women use their hands to lovingly squeeze, swirl and smear hot pepper paste over cabbage leaves for hours on end”

    Gonna be a hot time in the old town tonight . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • silver surfer

    Have all Koreans felt the touch of Mother’s Finger?

  • Wedge

    #17: Looks like the new tag line for Asian massage ads in America’s alternative newspapers.

  • rockon

    @ 18
    Based on all those 1980′s Korean movies, all sons have felt their mother’s touch, especially after marriage.

  • gbnhj

    So you say working with capsaicin-rich ingredients like red pepper paste for hours increases an individual’s localized sensitivity? Interesting – I hadn’t heard that one before.

  • hardyandtiny

    Why are Koreans good at something?

  • littlebrownasian

    …where women use their hands to lovingly squeeze, swirl and smear hot pepper paste over cabbage leaves for hours on end.

    Man, makes me wish I WAS a cabbage…

  • WangKon936

    Strangely…. this post reminds me of this post:

    http://www.rjkoehler.com/2008/07/11/koreanvasion-at-the-lpga-tour/

    “Our sensitive fingertips, descended from our ancestors, and our spiritual strength and willingness to fight until the very end — they are the secrets,”