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Don’t clean your plate, it’s bad manners in China

Popularity 11Viewed 4901 times 2014-6-26 10:28 |System category:Life| China

To finish everything on your plate is bad manners in China. To be polite in the west or as children we were told to clean the plate! It is the opposite in China. As China was very poor at one time and no one had enough to eat people would eat everything on the plate. 

In today’s China to show you aren’t poor it has become the habit not to finish everything. If you do, someone will put more food on your plate! Even in our western society we are taught to leave just a little on the plate at a formal meal. I sent a pianist once to China for a series of concert. He was very polite. When all the Chinese invited him to eat at formal meals he would eat everything on his plate. Every time he finished more food was put on his plate. He called me in the States and said I can’t keep eating like this What do I do!! 

In those days a formal meal was 24 courses. You can imagine how uncomfortable the young man was. Those 24 course meals were meant just to taste all the different dishes not to eat them as we are accustomed to in our society! Remember don’t take your bread and wipe the plate when in China!

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Reply Report 865210595 2014-9-2 12:07
My god, I do not agree with you. It is terrible word for foreigner life in China, it also make a wrong way with them. You do not know we just like some person feeling you rich, but, it is just only good on a area of waste foods.

Please stop write down it  again.

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  • Don’t clean your plate, it’s bad manners in China 2014-9-2 12:07

    My god, I do not agree with you. It is terrible word for foreigner life in China, it also make a wrong way with them. You do not know we just like some person feeling you rich, but, it is just only good on a area of waste foods.

    Please stop write down it  again.

  • Musical Garbage Trucks 2014-6-9 13:02

    A nice idea . I hope that the music did not start too early in the morning!  

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