“I Was Hoping for Sushi. I Love Chinese Food” – Canadian PM Trudeau Comments Spark Debate in China

Justin Trudeau’s dreams of sushi spark debate on the Chinese internet over whether sushi really is Japanese or Chinese in origin

There are few things more quintessentially Japanese than sushi. Unless you’re in a certain section of the Chinese internet of course. And for that, we have Justin Trudeau partly to blame.

Appearing at the 2019 Press Gallery Dinner (the Canadian equivalent of the White House Correspondents Dinner) this weekend, the Canadian Prime Minister joked, “I was hoping for sushi. I love Chinese food”, in reference to his gaffes last week when he twice referred to Japan as China in front of Shinzo Abe.

It was a faintly humorous attempt at self-deprecation typical of the dinner. But that didn’t stop some in China from taking it far too seriously.

Source: “I Was Hoping for Sushi. I Love Chinese Food” – Trudeau Comments Spark Debate in China

Your Comments