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

Disposable wooden chopsticks are seen at a restaurant. Photo: Xinhua

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.

Friday, 15 March, 2013, 4:11pm 12 comments

Out of the woods

Hay About a Chair (HK$2,680), available at Homeless

Studio Domo Chopsticks Wardrobe (HK$2,210), available at Zixag

Benchmark Low Armless Chair (HK$25,000), available at Lane Crawford

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1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral Razorbill (enhanced e-book)

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

US firm targets next chopsticks customer - HK

An American company that broke the mould by exporting chopsticks to the mainland is lining up Hong Kong as its next market.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Two boys' journey to a time past

Tommy Tan and the Bowl of Time By Peter Cain Published by Young Haven/Haven Books ISBN 978 9881 80943 8

Time travel adventures featuring teens are nothing new. Yet Peter Cain's Tommy Tan and the Bowl of Time manages to add a new twist to the genre. Any novel where the means of time travel is an ancient Chinese ceramic bowl certainly has to be worth a look.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Journey through time makes for a rip-roaring fantasy yarn

Tommy Tan and the Bowl of Time By Peter Cain Published by Young Haven/Haven Books ISBN 978 9881 80943 8

Time travel adventures when teenagers travel to a time and place more exciting than their own are nothing new, so when another one arrives on the scene it is seldom a reason to get excited.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A bull's eye view of investment in China

It can take a while to warm to Jim Rogers. First you have to push past his enthusiasm for quoting Confucius and Mao and then you have to get beyond his fondness for recalling personal firsts in China ('It was my first time...' or 'I remember the first time...'). Then there are the Red Guard references and exclamation marks.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Suffering in silence

The foreign press have been busy highlighting the spate of scandals surrounding the safety and quality of mainland Chinese products made for export. But there has been surprisingly little discussion in the mainland media about the quality of goods produced for the domestic market. That's despite the fact that food safety is consistently cited as one of the public's major concerns.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Fast-food chains urged to cut down on waste

Fast-food outlets should consider doing away with wrappers for chopsticks, dispensing sugar from common containers instead of individual packets and other ways to cut down on disposable waste, a concern group says.

30 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Sculpture from chopsticks

Disposable wooden chopsticks can be of great artistic value.

Japanese master Koike Masataka, for example, turns them into dynamic marine life sculptures.

The 72-year-old sculptor moved from a small village to Tokyo with his family when he was 10. He started making chopstick sculptures when he retired from his insurance job at the age of 56.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Sticking with throwaway art

Another wacky shopping centre art display attracting our attention is at Tsim Sha Tsui's China Hong Kong City. They've brought in a Japanese artist who's created an aquarium of more than 20 sculpted sea creatures and other animals. Masataka Koike (below) is the artist and what's unique is his medium: disposable chopsticks.

16 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Gardener jailed for stealing gold table items

A Filipino gardener was jailed yesterday for stealing 19 gold table items from his socialite employer's house which he claimed he took to pay university and medical expenses for his family.

Richard-jebulan Ira, 26, pleaded guilty in Eastern Court to stealing the valuables - including plates, spoons and chopstick rests - from The Peak home of Sally Wong Leung.

1 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Bring your own dining utensils to school

Wooden chopsticks, or disposable chopsticks, are the most convenient tableware - cheap, easy to use and to throw away. But do customers who buy takeaways really need disposable chopsticks?

After reading some news articles, I became aware of the environmental damage such things cause.

18 May 2006 - 12:00am

A spoonful of trouble

Some people are angered by religious cartoons. Others get into a flap over headscarves. Now, Filipinos are showing what makes them lose their cool - spoons and forks. A few weeks ago, the principal of a school in Montreal reportedly called a seven-year-old Filipino-Canadian pupil a 'pig' and 'disgusting' because he ate lunch using a spoon - rather than a knife - and fork.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

Think about the effects of your action

Fast food outlets are everywhere in Hong Kong. Many young people like eating at these places. These restaurants provide disposable utensils like plastic forks and spoons, paper napkins and styrofoam boxes.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am