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  1. Table MannersChina vs. America By Megan Tepper

  2. Eating Habits in China • Sample every dish on table • When eating rice hold bowl close to mouth • Eat lightly at meals, could be up to 20 courses

  3. Eating Habits in America • Food is passed to the right • Try little of everything • Keep table cloth clean • Food lifted to mouth • Repulsive to talk with mouth full • No elbows on table

  4. Chopsticks for eating rice Polite if try to use chopsticks Bad luck in set parallel on top of bowl, or dropped Rude if chopsticks are stuck straight up in bowl China’s Chopsticks

  5. Start with the outer utensils, and work in towards your plate Only spoon provided is soup spoon Salad fork has thicker tine at left Fish fork and knife Most inner fork and knife are for meat If tea or coffee or going to be served a teaspoon will be brought out with it Americans Utensils

  6. Chinese Hot Towel • Tot towel is provided at end of meal • So one can wipe hands and mouth at end of meal

  7. Once seated put napkin on lap Only meant to dab the lips and not get dirty After meal place napkin loosely near plate Napkin should not be crumpled or twisted At informal occasion is used to clean up mess that occurred during meal American Napkin

  8. Not rude to reach in front of someone to grab something Polite to reach for food with chopsticks Chinese host like to put food on your plate for you Place bones or seeds in different dish Your host will fill up your dish if it is empty Never take the last bit from a serving dish Chinese Table Manners

  9. Food is passed around the table If something is out of your reach, you ask politely for someone to pass it to you Not rude to leave plate full Not rude to leave your plate empty Not rude to take last item off dish American Table Manners

  10. Banquets start around 6:30-7:00 p.m. Last about 2 hours Arrive 30 minuets before you guests Business is not always discussed during a meal Never eat before your host Return the favor Business Table Manners in China

  11. Arrive early, especially if you are the host Pay for the meal in advance Courteous to hold the door open for male and female Business is discussed during the meal Business Table Manners in America

  12. Special Occasions in China • Big elaborate meals • Usually held at restaurants that consist of 10 or more courses • Rice is not served

  13. Special Occasions in America • Usually only gather for special occasions or holidays • Families travel across country for special meals • Extra cooking and preparing

  14. Values in China • Still have customs and traditions • Have not let things become unimportant • Significance into their meals • Personal approach

  15. Values in America • Manners surround being polite and proper • Traditions have become unimportant thus have forgotten about them • No customs in table manners, only what looks nice • No significance