Woke American-Asian accuse ‘Char Kol’ of Cultural Appropriation


Woke American-Korean accused Schulson and Tinari, owners of ‘Char Kol Korean Barbeque’ of cultural appropriation

Char Kol, dubbed a Korean barbecue pop-up restaurant along Sansom St, Philadelphia, faced flak for its theme. Owners Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari appear to have no Asian relationship to the food they serve.

Phillymag’s Alex Tewfix writes about an American of Korean descent Hemi Park. She was a restaurant worker from South Philadelphia who stood outside Char Kol. She carried a sign that read, “MY CULTURE ISN’T YOUR ACCESSORY.”


Char Kol offends a woke Korean

The pop-up grill restaurant Char Kol is decorated with Sapporo beer umbrellas and paper lanterns decorated with cherry blossoms, and the menu includes gyoza—very Japanese. It also has the Silk Road drink, named after the Asian trade route.

Interestingly, most Koreans have a Christian background, and the “anti-Bible woke” culture of modern Koreans has been scorned in mainland Korea.

Watered-down Korean food for white profit, Hemi Park

Hemi Park told Tewfik via phone that the food itself is neither authentic Korean nor innovative fusion, just “watered-down Korean food for white comfort and white taste buds.”

Hemi is particularly angry to see the same foods mocked and made profitable once they were “discovered” by white people.

watered-down Korean food for white comfort and white taste buds.

An appreciation of the (Korean) cuisine, Schulson

On Char Kol’s side, a spokesperson said Char Kol appreciates the (Korean) cuisine. To appease the “woke American-Asians,” Schulson removed the (Japanese) lanterns and renamed the (Asian) drinks. The Japanese gyoza took off the menu.

Char Kol is an appreciation of the cuisine.

What happened to Char Kol?

Char Kol has disappeared in Philadelphia. But the doors of Harp & Crown restaurant by Chef Schulson, founded in 2016, continue its old-world charm of luxury dining experience that serves gastropub-style food.


char kol korean
Korean “pop-up BBQ restaurant” is again a topic of cultural appropriation. “Char Kol” is not a Korean word but refers to charcoal-heated tabletop grills for cooking barbecue. (PHOTO via Instagram)

Blacks, Asian American cultural appropriation spree

A similar incident of “woke Asian-Americans” was triggered earlier in August by Barkada Restaurant. It was owned by four white Americans accused of cultural appropriation by woke Filipinos.

Recently, a Black African American woman was caught on video berating Asian owners of a milk tea shop selling Boba Tea. She called them “thieves” and ranted about cultural appropriation.


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