Chopstick Etiquette?

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Chopstick Etiquette?

Postby GuyInTaiwan » 09 Dec 2011, 14:13

I'm not sure where this should go (it seems like it could go in several fora), but figured if anyone will know, it's the people here.

In another thread, I asked if anyone knew if there is some sort of etiquette/correct form for holding chopsticks. I have asked several Taiwanese this, and no one has been able to tell me. There also seems to be considerable variation in how people hold chopsticks here.
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Re: Chopstick Etiquette?

Postby Steviebike » 09 Dec 2011, 14:17

????? Wasn't this joshuaintaiwan thread ?????
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Re: Chopstick Etiquette?

Postby Incubus » 09 Dec 2011, 14:19

It's like knife and fork etiquette in the West, no one observes it anymore. Hold them however you like.

But there is the superstitious belief that the higher up you hold the chopsticks, the longer you life will be. :roll:
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Re: Chopstick Etiquette?

Postby StuartCa » 09 Dec 2011, 14:21

I think Wikipedia answers your questions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chopsticks#Chinese_etiquette

and here shows how to hold them correctly:
http://www.chopsticketiquette.com/
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Re: Chopstick Etiquette?

Postby milkalex » 09 Dec 2011, 14:22

the shorter you hold them as closer your future wife is
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Re: Chopstick Etiquette?

Postby Steviebike » 09 Dec 2011, 14:25

The reason people don't stick chopsticks straight into their rice/noodles is because it looks like incense burning to honour the dead/ancestors.

The reason you shouldn't tap with you chopsticks is because this is what beggars used to do to get rice.

There are many connotations to holding the chopsticks near the top. But, that has nothing to do with etiquette, the first two do and should be followed strictly.
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Re: Chopstick Etiquette?

Postby Belgian Pie » 09 Dec 2011, 14:27

Chopsticks can be used in many ways:

eating
picking nose or ears
drumming
smashing flies
hair pin

so the way you hold it doesn't really matter, I've seen people using the ones to brake apart without braking them ... this way they flex back to hold to food, like a spring ...
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Re: Chopstick Etiquette?

Postby GuyInTaiwan » 09 Dec 2011, 15:18

Interesting. Thanks.
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