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#1 Daniel

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 01:42 AM

It is widely believed in America that Chinese regularly eat dogs' flesh. From time to time stories surface (invariably false in every case I have found) that some Chinese restaurant in America has been secretly serving dog to its customers. I have also discovered that many Uighurs believe that Han Chinese eat dog flesh. This provokes a shudder amongst Westerners, as in Western culture the dog is considered a beloved pet unsuitable for eating, and also amongst Muslims such as the Uighurs, who consider the dog an unclean animal.

However, I have yet to find dog on the menu in any Chinese restaurant either in America or China, and I have never heard any Chinese actually talk about eating dog or say that he knows anyone who eats dog. When I search on the Web for articles on the subject, I see several seemingly reliable reports of dogs being eaten in Korea, but I have seen nothing reliable about dog being eaten in China. So I am wondering, is dog-eating just a myth that Westerners and Muslims have invented to emphasize Chinese "otherness?" Is the belief the result of Westerners who simply didn't know the difference between Chinese and Korean foods? Or is it an extinct practice? Or is dog-eating alive and well? And if anyone happens to be reading this who has eaten dog, how does it taste?

Please understand that this post is not meant to offend anyone, but is out of sincere curiosity and a desire to rectify my own considerable ignorance.
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 11:30 AM

Could either be ignorance of the differences between Chinese and Korean cuisine, outright racism, or just some myth that has been spread as has become an equivalent to fact.

I've eaten dog twice, once in Thailand and once in Korea. The version I had in Thailand was bland, but the Korean 'Boshintang' I had was splendid, but I was glad I wasn't paying for it as it is rather expenisive if it's good.
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 02:32 PM

Bah, dogs are dumber than pigs. we slaughter pigs by the millions, noone cares. I see nothing wrong with eating a dog. I find such people who think dog eating is disgusting have plenty of disgusting eating habits, like wasting food, throwing away bones with meat on them, etc. or haven't eaten anything more 'exotic' than General Tsao's Chicken.


I've heard there's specific breeds of dogs for eating? Like I've heard of a kind fed grain foods.

Haven't had dog yet, but I've had horse. It was very similiar to tuna ( I imagine it is because both animals have deep red muscle, made for endurance)
So I would imagine most dogs to have deep red muscle, and feel somewhat like tuna.

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 02:58 PM

I have herd of MANY stories about eating dog meat. It's called 香肉 Xiang Rou, meanning fragrent meet. People eat it, yes. How is it any different from eating beef or pork or chicken?

In fact many under ground Chinese food manufacturer in Asian substitute cat meet for pork when making sausages and pork balls and things like that. How is that many better?

In wet dog food, normally it is horse meat.

Unless you are a vegetarian like me, there's little point in pointing fingers at what kind of meat people eat. "Unless it's endangered or ... human".
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 03:14 PM

i know its considered a delicacy in Korea. i know a white guy who went to Korea and one of the things he did was try dog

its also stereotyped that Cantonese eat dogs

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 04:46 PM

Dog-eating in China is not a myth but nor is it anywhere near as common as American stereotype makes it seem to be.

Generally dog (and cat) eating is practiced in southern China, though you may find a few restaurants serving dog meat in northern China. However, eating meats such as dogs & cats is certainly NOT mainstream.

IMHO, dog-eating in China is no more common than American "hicks" eating roadkills in percentage. But because the Chinese population is about 4 times that of the American population, there might be more Chinese that eat dog than Americans who eat roadkills (or anything else that's considered "strange").

However, I can almost guarantee that most people (9.99 out of 10) will never meet anyone who eats dog meat in their whole life.

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BTW, I am a Taiwan-born Chinese and I (or any other Chinese I know) certainly would NEVER eat my dog or any others.

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 05:08 PM

Dog-eating in China is not a myth but nor is it anywhere near as common as American stereotype makes it seem to be.

Generally dog (and cat) eating is practiced in southern China, though you may find a few restaurants serving dog meat in northern China.  However, eating meats such as dogs & cats is certainly NOT mainstream.

IMHO, dog-eating in China is no more common than American "hicks" eating roadkills in percentage.  But because the Chinese population is about 4 times that of the American population, there might be more Chinese that eat dog than Americans who eat roadkills (or anything else that's considered "strange").

However, I can almost guarantee that most people (9.99 out of 10) will never meet anyone who eats dog meat in their whole life.

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BTW, I am a Taiwan-born Chinese and I (or any other Chinese I know) certainly would NEVER eat my dog or any others.

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See, the point is not whether Chinese people eat dogs or not. The whole point is why do we have to be defensive about it? So people eat dogs, but why do you make it seem like eating dog is a bad thing?

If a pig is someone's pet and you ate it, is that not just as bad?

If a dog is not someone's pet and farmed and ate, is that not just as normal?

Why do we have to say "I have never eaten a dog, nor does any other Chinese person I know". You only say that because you too think eating dog is a bad thing. So what some Asian people eat dog? The fact that they stereotype us on this matter shows their lack of self-examination.

American people eat beef, that's just unholy in Indian's eyes.
American people eat pork, that's just unholy in all middle east and muslem worlds.

What's so high class about eating those?
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 05:13 PM

See, the point is not whether Chinese people eat dogs or not.  The whole point is why do we have to be defensive about it?  So people eat dogs, but why do you make it seem like eating dog is a bad thing?

To me personally it's a bad thing because my family had dogs as pets ever since I was young and I see them as my family members. How would you feel if someone ate your sister or brother?

If a pig is someone's pet and you ate it, is that not just as bad?

To the pig owner yes it would be bad but how many pig owners are there vs. dog owners?

If a dog is not someone's pet and farmed and ate, is that not just as normal?

Not to dog owners/lovers or people who don't eat dogs.

Why do we have to say "I have never eaten a dog, nor does any other Chinese person I know".  You only say that because you too think eating dog is a bad thing.  So what some Asian people eat dog?  The fact that they stereotype us on this matter shows their lack of self-examination.

I say that because it's a fact. I don't eat dogs and no other Chinese (or Asian in general) I know eat dogs either.

American people eat beef, that's just unholy in Indian's eyes.
American people eat pork, that's just unholy in all middle east and muslem worlds.

Maybe if Indians ruled the world, beef eating would be seen as disgusting as dog eating in our world ruled by Americans. The same goes for pork eating and if Muslims ruled the world.

What's so high class about eating those?

It's not about high class or low class. It's about what's acceptable or what isn't by the mainstream society.

Just to clear things up, I find dog-eating disgusting NOT because it's what's acceptable by the mainstream society but becaise I personally have had dogs as pets for many years.

No one ever said this was objective. What's "normal" and what's "strange" has more or less been changing throughout history. It's far from being objective.
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 06:49 PM

IMHO it tastes a bit like beef.
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Posted 11 February 2005 - 01:53 AM

IMHO it tastes a bit like beef.

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straight from the horse's mouth :lol:

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 01:55 AM

straight from the horse's mouth :lol:

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Hehe...but then again..I've only had it once...
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Posted 11 February 2005 - 02:07 AM

Never had dog before.

Plus, the whole point is that we HAVE TO BE DEFENSIVE about it. Chinese were not dog eaters to begin with. We're maggot eaters and rat-eaters. Fortunately through hard work this stereotype is gone and replaced by newer ones.
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Posted 11 February 2005 - 10:09 AM

i have pet gold fish

i guess i should be offended by sushi then :P

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Posted 12 February 2005 - 01:09 AM

Like Kulong said, people eat it but it isn't very mainstream... more people eat snakes than dogs thats for sure....

Taiwan AFAIK banned dog eatting restaurents, but mostly out of health concern since there is no regulated dog breeders for use as food... the source of these dogs tend to be either criminal AND/OR unhealthy.
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Posted 12 February 2005 - 03:26 AM

The Chinese are known for being able to eat almost anything under the sun - they generally have very few hang-ups about food, as long as it's considered nutritious and/or tasty. Dog-eating has been around in China since the Warring States - the assassin Nie Zheng, Jing Ke's friend Gao Jianli, and Liu Bang's general Fan Kuai all started out as dog butchers. Han paintings of dogs being slaughtered in kitchens have been unearthed in Shandong and Henan.
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