"You know why there are so many beautiful women in Korea and Korean women have such smooth skin? It's because they have been grown on kimchi," claims Kim Sung-Hoon, who chairs an upcoming Gwangju Kimchi Festival.
"If you want to age gracefully and have beautiful skin, eat Korean kimchi," said Kim, a former agriculture minister.
It's hard to read this without picturing a red-faced coworker at a school dinner, leaning over the table with a glass of soju in his hand, asking you in broken English which female teacher you want to have sex with.
"I would like to say to foreigners: eat Korean kimchi a lot," said Professor Song Yeong-Ok of the Kimchi Research Institute at Busan National University.
Lactic acid bacteria and plant chemicals may help retard skin ageing and reduce cholesterol levels, she said.
As I reminded readers the other day, Gwangju is holding a Kimchi Festival from October 23rd through November 1st, though there is talk of cancelling it because of swine flu. Ironic, considering kimchi is considered a folk remedy to it and many other diseases. Gwangju is also the self-proclaimed Hub and Mecca of Kimchi Research, and thanks to this article I no longer feel ashamed to tell you that if you come to Gwangju, you should head downtown and watch all the hot women clip-clop around in miniskirts and 1980s fashion. The bus terminal, too, is a good spot for that. In five minutes you'll find more hot women than a local beauty pageant, enough to fill at least two squads of back-up dancers for a trot concert, in fact. It's no longer sexist to ogle Korean women; rather I think it's now a matter of civil, indeed national, pride.