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How Spam Became a Luxury Item in South Korea

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After the U.S., the world’s largest consumer of Spam is South Korea. But how did a simple processed meat product turn into a popular luxury item in an East Asian country?

With its pale pink hue and spongy texture, Spam has been called “disgusting” and “inedible” in the U.S since the late 1930s. Hormel Foods Corporation states that their product contains just six ingredients, but the canned good has received a reputation for being “mystery meat,” prompting Hormel to create campaigns such as “Don’t Knock It ‘Til You’ve Fried It.”

Meet the war hero who invented banana ketchup

Banana ketchup

When indulging in hot dogs, french fries or Spam, you might reach for an ever-so-trustworthy bottle of tomato ketchup. But if you want to add a sweet, tangy kick to your food, try one of the Philippines’ most popular condiments: banana ketchup.

Despite what its name suggests, banana ketchup isn’t solely a mixture of banana pulp and crushed tomatoes. Its smooth texture, similar to that of tomato ketchup, can be deceiving. Yet the history of this beloved condiment — which typically consists of mashed banana, vinegar, sugar and spices — shines a light on the Philippines during a time of struggle.

Arcadia Appoints First Japanese American as New Police Chief


Arcadia, a city in California known as a Japanese incarceration site during World War II, has appointed its first Japanese American police chief.

History in the making: The city made history last week after Arcadia City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto appointed Capt. Roy Nakamura, 56, as the new police chief, according to Patch. The 28-year department veteran will take over for retiring Chief Robert T. Guthrie, who will vacate the position on Jan. 9 after 31 years of service.

Meet the Chinese Man Who Saved Over 5,000 Jews During the Holocaust

In an act of heroism that barely made it to history textbooks, one Chinese man had been responsible for saving thousands of Jewish people in World War II by welcoming them to Shanghai.

While others refused such action over fear of the Nazis, Ho Feng Shan, consul-general of then-Nationalist China’s Embassy in Vienna, defied his superiors’ orders and granted at least 5,000 visas to desperate Jews.

Malaysian Billionaire Recalls Friends Getting ‘Raped and Killed’ by Japanese During World War II

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Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok recalled all the horrifying moments he encountered during the occupation of the Southeast Asian country, formerly known as Malaya, by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II.

While speaking to the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun, the 95-year-old business magnate explained that he agreed to do the interview so that Japanese people would know what really happened at the time, details that are reportedly being kept out of their school textbooks.