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  • Hello, I'm Yingying

  • I'm Conor's workmate

  • I work at Renlai Magazine

  • I am in charge of advertising and events

  • I'm from Guangzhou

  • I met my husband and we got married then I came here to Taiwan

  • Now, I'm 5 months pregnant

  • It's already started to kick in my belly

  • Today, Conor asked me

  • about the social meaning behind the way people hold their chopsticks

  • and significance of holding them higher or lower in the hand

  • I don't hold chopsticks in the standard way

  • I hold them like this

  • My mother told me that if you hold them close to the bottom

  • You'd marry close to home

  • Holding closer to the top means you'll marry further afield

  • Maybe because I held them close to the top so I married far from home

  • Unless your parents are very traditional

  • It's also how you put your chopsticks down

  • My mother for example

  • thinks you should put your chopsticks with the end facing in, not out

  • But my husband's family is the opposite

  • I think everyone's habits are different

  • My mum doesn't like the ends to face out because this end is dirty

  • So if you put them like this it's easy to stain your clothes

  • So she doesn't allow it

  • but some people think that given you put them in your mouth

  • So putting them down that way isn't ok either

  • It's up to the individual

  • I think chopsticks are just a tool for putting things in our mouths

  • So as long as you're not using your hands

  • So I think anything's fine

  • if I can pick things up and not drop them

  • Wow! You can use chopsticks!

  • Wow!

  • Hello, I'm Ying-shan

  • I'm from Taipei

  • When I was younger my parents tried to teach me how to hold chopsticks correctly

  • but I could never get it right

  • I think holding them closer or further from the bottom has to do with leverage

  • The further from the bottom the easier it is to pick things up

  • If you're too close it's not as easy to pick things up

  • I don't think it's easy to use chopsticks well

  • From looking at how someone holds their chopsticks

  • You can understand how someone approaches things in general

  • People who hold them in a very standard way

  • they tend to be more orderly in other things

  • The easiest way to judge is

  • if the top of your chopsticks cross then it's not correct

  • If the chopsticks are parallel

  • and you use these two fingers for support

  • then it's correct

  • My chopsticks cross

  • So I use them incorrectly

  • I don't think it's really important in life

  • It's just a tool for eating

  • As long as you can pick things up it's ok

  • You don't have to hold them in any particular way

  • I wouldn't judge people by it

  • I'm already used to the way I hold them

  • It's what feels natural to me

  • I don't think I need to change to accomodate other people

  • Older people care about it more

  • They'll think of it as a sign you've been brought up well

  • I'm Jiahe, from Taiwan

  • I'm an editor at Renlai Magazine

  • This is how I hold my chopsticks

  • My own feelings about it are...

  • Like for example,

  • If I see someone holding their chopsticks close to the bottom

  • holding them close to the ends

  • I'll think it's a little weird

  • One reason I'll think it's weird is because

  • You need to use chopsticks to eat Chinese dishes

  • And people all eat from the same dishes

  • the dishes are often oily and have sauce

  • Your hand will be really close to the food holding it like that

  • For me,

  • it looks like they're about to touch the dish itself

  • So it will make me a little uncomfortable

  • The most common examples I see

  • are just people who don't hold their chopsticks properly

  • so at the table...

  • not every time, of course

  • but they'll mention it

  • The person who is criticized will just laugh

  • and admit it

  • the most common explanation is that they weren't corrected by their parents

  • I have some friends who even...

  • I've seen a situation in which

  • the person who holds their chopsticks in a strange way

  • is proud of the way he holds them

  • and if you ask

  • he'll explain how he picks things up with them

  • And he'll think he's talented because he can do it but others can't

  • But I do think

  • that holding your chopsticks high up looks very elegant

  • a little more refined

  • Although I can't put my finger on why exactly that is

  • I normally use plain chopsticks

  • made of wood or porcelain

  • I don't really like the novelty ones

  • Because I think chopsticks are quite symbolic

  • They have symbolic significance for China

  • It's not that I think that using novelty chopsticks is profane

  • I just think that using normal chopsticks is better

  • I'm more used to using wooden chopsticks

  • Iron chopsticks are slippy

  • Which makes it harder for those who don't hold them correctly in the first place

  • Because the surface is slippy

  • I like wooden chopsticks

  • I really dislike round chopsticks

  • especially rounded metallic ones

  • I think they are hard to grip

  • I like square chopsticks

  • with corners and faces

  • It makes it easier to pick things up

Hello, I'm Yingying

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人は箸の持ち方で判断する?能以筷子拿法看人家的素質嗎? (Do people judge you by the way you hold your chopsticks? 能以筷子拿法看人家的素質嗎?)

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