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Jillian Finkelstein Cultural Psychology Cultural Practices In Asia, more specifically, China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, and Thailand, chopsticks are the traditional utensils used for eating. In America, we have three choices of utensils for consuming food: forks, knives, and spoons, but these countries mainly just use chopsticks. Most of Asian food has similar consistency making it easier to use just chopsticks, but my diet consists of so many different kinds of food that I rely on my three choices to make it easier to eat. I decided try restricting myself to only eating with chopsticks, however I had to make exceptions for certain foods, such as soup, that cannot be eaten with chopsticks and are not actually eaten with chopsticks in Asia. Also, in Asia, there are several types of chopsticks made out of different raw materials, but for my cultural change I only used wooden chopsticks because I could conveniently take several pairs from Trabant. When I was younger I was only able to use the pre-set up, rubber banded chopsticks, but now I consider myself pretty skilled though I only use chopsticks for Asian cuisine, more specifically sushi, so I decided to see what it would be like to eat with chopsticks on a regular basis. Across the five days I encountered a lot of difficulty and frustration while eating because though I frequently eat sushi, most foods in my diet are not conducive to the use of chopsticks. Asians eat a lot of sticky noodles and rice that can easily be picked up by chopsticks, but my diet is filled with a lot of cheese and carbohydrates. For instance, one night I was very hungry and often when I am hungry I eat very quickly consuming large forkfuls of food. I decided to make Easy Mac, but it was very hard to pick up large bites
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because the noodles kept slipping through the chopsticks. Since this wasn’t satisfying me
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