READY, FIRE, AIM: The Mystery of Korean Burritos
by Louis Cannon, Humor, Pagosa Daily Post (CO)
Jan 11, 2022
Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, has been duly warned.
In fact, the whole nation of North Korea has been warned.
“Don’t Mess with Our Burritos”
The League of Latin American Citizens sent out that warning last week, in a press release quoting the organization’s president, Domingo Garcia.
It was bad enough when some Colorado white guys started Chipotle and appropriated the thousand-year-old Mexicano Burrito for their fast-food chain,” says Domingo Garcia, LULAC National President. “Now we got a dictator in North Korea being credited for inventing the burrito?! Them are fighting words! Kim Jong-un is feeding into a delusion if he thinks North Korea can wake up one morning and appropriate our Latino cultural identity. The fact is Mexicans have been building and eating real burritos for hundreds of years…
I agree, it was pretty bad when those Colorado white guys started the highly successful Chipotle fast food franchise. But allowing a North Korean food vendors to sell meat wrapped in a flour tortilla — rolled to imitate a Mexicano burrito — is sooooo much worse.
The anger-filled press release from the LULAC continued its complaint:
Yet, a North Korean newspaper states that the ‘wheat wrap’ was the brainchild of Kim Jong-il, who ruled the nation of 26 million between 1994 and 2011. He saw the pack-and-go meal as a way of feeding workers where they labored every day. The idea was so successful that burritos were featured in a TV propaganda show this week as a tribute to the late North Korean leader…
Many of us living in the American West — most of which was, at one time, part of Mexico — can validate Mr. Garcia’s claim about Latino cultural identity. Speaking personally, I started eating burritos in 1969...