sticks withdrawal China is back on the agenda, but deeply rooted cultural significance must count for something
Although I grew up in Singapore and has lived in China for seven years, has never learned how to use chopsticks with skill or dexterity, as if they were extensions graceful fingers. Go straight to goal and nothing to eat, big or small, slippery or sticky, is out of reach.
Instead of keeping my parallel rods and skillfully maneuver the ends toward each other, crossed mine about half to pivot to better leverage. They told me that "X" lust my colleague dinner, which, of course, was not the case. Since I am also left-handed (another ancient Chinese no-no), I think it would be regarded as a general cause lost.
However, I felt a twinge of anxiety when I learned that the Chinese legislator discourage the use of disposable chopsticks for environmental reasons -. And considering alternatives
Guangxin Bo, president of the national wood Jilin Forest Industry Group, said that the country produces about 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks a year, is 20m 20-year-old trees - an unsustainable burden on the national forests.
"To solve the problem of disposable chopsticks, I think we first need to make a change in the eating habits of the population and we urge everyone to bring their own utensils for eating" , he said, "and secondly, we gradually discover a substitute for them."
Then there is the long list of prohibitions chopsticks no point to them, Do not spear food with them, do not use them to get your bowl; beggars exactly that. Among the favorite ways fish are cooked with meat and vegetables in the boiling broth while eating "hot pot" with friends, and delivery option pieces show affection or respect, not to mention revolve around sticks offer the side that does not touch the mouth.
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