Cross-stitch originated in Europe and was improved upon by South Koreans, who added some cartoonish elements and made it a popular hobby among Chinese school girls.
Take that, Europeans. Improved upon by the South Koreans. Which is not to say they haven't improved cross-stitch. I'm going out on a limb to say that not a whole lot of westerners have even seen a South Korean pattern, let alone experienced their improvements. Does this mean we need a road trip? Everyone in the car! We're going to South Korea for improved cross-stitch! (While we're there we can pick up some Hello Kitty chest guards.) I will allow that it may be through South Korea that the Chinese school girls discovered cross-stitch. Yup, we'll allow that.
Just like the weightlifting coach Chen Wenbin.