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Virus Threatens Chinese Traditions of Chopsticks and Family-Style Meals

May 26, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
In the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, more than 100 prominent restaurants have formed a "Serving Chopsticks Alliance."

Some Chinese who hail from north of the Yangtze River see their southern, rice-eating counterparts as more particular about their eating habits, and so more likely to use serving chopsticks.

"Often you'll see people serving themselves and then they forget to switch chopsticks and start eating directly with the serving pair," Ms. Ho said.

To make the government's case, state media and culinary historians have scoured Chinese history to find instances in which serving chopsticks or individual plating was the norm.

Even Mao Zedong, who supposedly rarely bathed and never brushed his teeth, was at one point said to have used serving chopsticks, thanks to the influence of the father of Mao's second wife, according to Zhao Rongguang, a Chinese food historian.