An abundance of food is regarded as a symbol of hospitality and social standing in China. Photo: Shutterstock An abundance of food is regarded as a symbol of hospitality and social standing in China. Photo: Shutterstock
An abundance of food is regarded as a symbol of hospitality and social standing in China. Photo: Shutterstock

China’s tradition of hospitality may need reshaping if food waste is to end

  • A drive against wasted food spearheaded by President Xi Jinping must overcome long-held attitudes towards entertaining
  • History of shortages has given Chinese people a respect for frugality, but how guests are treated is still measured in leftovers

Topic |   Chinese culture
An abundance of food is regarded as a symbol of hospitality and social standing in China. Photo: Shutterstock An abundance of food is regarded as a symbol of hospitality and social standing in China. Photo: Shutterstock
An abundance of food is regarded as a symbol of hospitality and social standing in China. Photo: Shutterstock
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