Difference of table etiquette between eastern and western cultures
There are differences and similarities between the etiquette at table between the eastern and western cultures. To raise a few examples, we could talk about the differences of both cultures. Westerners would use silverware such as forks, knives and soup spoons, which are made of stainless steel.Easterners would use chopsticks and soup spoons. In certain part of Southern Asia, people eat with their hands.
Dinner table and table seating arrangements are different between the two customs. The dinner table for the west is mostly rectangle while the east is round.
In addition, there are differences in the ways foods are served between the two cultures, the westerners serve dinner by courses and one course, or plate, is served after another. Each person has his own choice or portion of his foods served separately. However, the eastern culture, or the Chinese culture, has the foods served very much at the same time and they are not served separately to each individually. Therefore, in a Chinese meal, the foods are shared among the people at the table. It is considered bad manner for a person to use his chopsticks turning foods in a plate upside down to pick what he likes.
As for the similarities, both cultures would consider impolite for a person to put his elbows on the table or to talk with foods in his mouth.
The culture differences between the East and West.
As we know ,there are so many differences between culture of the East and West that I can not list all of their different aspects.I will focus on the differences of diet custom and teaching system.For your better understanding ,I will set examples of China and America.
It is no doubt that it is a tradition to use chopsticks for Chinese.But people in America prefer to forks and knives.This different result is based on different food they are like .Americans choose to eat beefsteak,bread,and salad,while Chinese people choose noodles ,pancakes and rice.What is more,the custom of drinking tea in China and drinking coffee in America are stand out particularly.However,there is a trend that the food in both countries has been mixture.For example,the coffee and bread have introduced to China.The famous KFC is very popular at children.
The gap of teaching system between China and America is big.Chinese students always complain about their homework.Too much homework has limited the time to exercise and relax.They have to recite many things as to get a high mark.Homework comes the first to them.
In my opinion,the study in America is more interesting .Teachers pay attentions to training students skills in thinking in realastic life not to emphasis on the importances of memories.In a addition,the rate of going to school ,the salary of teaching ,and the job of gruduates are quite different,too.I should say that Chima government should make great efforts to improve its teaching syetem.I am also expect to be one day ,the West give more cheers to our country.