Anneli Rufus, the “Comfort Food Freak”, wrote a column last week called “Ramen is Racist”. The headline mainly has to do with the naming of the noodles and Japanese imperialism in the 1930s and 1940s, but no matter what you call the noodles, I enjoy eating them! The article continues with some detailed history on the origin of ramen, the meaning of the Japanese and Chinese words for it, leading into the right way to eat it.
Ramen -- although it wasn't called that, then -- first appeared in Japan in 1910, when Chinese cooks at Tokyo's Rairaiken restaurant created a signature dish comprising broth and Chinese noodles, which were yellower and more elastic than Japanese noodles because -- then as now -- their dough was kneaded with kansui, a sodium-carbonate-infused alkaline mineral water.
The full article is here.