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Chinese netizens slam British newspaper's 'cultural intervention' over chopsticks article

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 March, 2013, 1:45pm
UPDATED : Friday, 15 March, 2013, 4:11pm

Chinese internet users have attacked a British newspaper’s claim that the Chinese should swap chopsticks for knives and forks, calling it a cultural intervention.

It is not about chopsticks, it is the disposable aspect that matters, angry Chinese netizens responded on Friday to The Telegraph’s article “Chinese ‘must swap chopsticks for knife and fork’” after it went viral on the Chinese blogosphere.

The article, published on Wednesday, reported an appeal from a member of China’s parliament, Bo Guangxin, head of a state-owned timber firm, to reduce the use of disposable chopsticks to reduce timber wastage. The Telegraph article said “he even went so far as to suggest that restaurants offered metal knives and forks instead,” which inspired the headline.

Bo said China produced as many as 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks each year. To ease the burden on the nation’s environment, he urged people to carry their own chopsticks.

The Telegraph’s report and its headline provoked widespread condemnation on Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo on Friday.

“Chopsticks have been part of our culture and tradition for thousands of years. How can we just discard them like that?” a comment read.

“It is unfair to blame chopsticks. Instead, use of disposable products should be phased out,” one user said.

“The issue is not chopsticks, but what they are made of,” another said.

Another comment read, “It is time to impose a ban on disposable chopsticks, but definitely not the use of chopsticks.”

Some bloggers urged government to charge for disposable tableware. “Just like plastic bags, the problem can be solved easily,” one user said.

Some internet users raised the issue of sanitisation, arguing that the adoption of metal chopsticks, which are common in South Korea, would address this as they are easier to clean compared to wooden and bamboo chopsticks.

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markshaw
SCMP giving a bit of a sensational tone to the title there. It's not a foreign newspaper suggesting it but a Chinese NPC delegate.
Either way it's a stupid idea to swap chopsticks with knives and forks, eco material yes but not the tool itself. I mean chopsticks and Chinese food are inseparable... can anyone imagine picking food out of a hotpot with a knife and fork!!! I love chopsticks!
Byebye
How about the disposable spoons, knives and forks, and paper plates, paper cups......?
fearonjones
it has nothing to do with 'the British' thankyou, just a rubbish right wing paper looking for a good headline!
aplucky1
chinese internet users just want to beat EVERYONE UP
wow they are super tough
oxymoron2
If you want to disparage the community do it in style! Like me! First change your alias into something more sophisticated. Then write something intelligent that Big Brother would not censor and last but not least, trolling like a juvenile delinquent is pigeonholed as bottom feeders.
napoleon_wang
不用木筷。完全可以用竹筷嘛。很简单的问题啊。
corygoldblatt
Do you even know what the term "barbarian" means? It originally came from ancient Greece and the definition is non-Greek. To imply that all non-Chinese are all neanderthals says a lot about yourself...
newgalileo
That was not very clever of the British, really. It is indeed the disposable aspect. Nothing else.
babyhenry
yeah and you are super Ret*rded.
mercedes2233
Simple. Just don't use disposables. There are plastic and bamboo chopsticks too.
likingming
use of knife and fork on a dinner table is deemed for the barbarian.
oxymoron2
Expect the people in Mainland to embrace Greenpeace ? That is quite a jump from the evolution ladder. Baby steps please, one step at a time.

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