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Cultural Blind Spots

I had a conversation with some of my classmates the other day about eating meals with our Chinese companions. The fact is, noisy eating doesn’t carry the taboo of bad manners here the way it does back home. Notice your own reaction as I describe this– lip smacking, loud slurping, and that “chuk chuk” sound you get when someone chews with their mouth open. How did you react? Did you crinkle your nose, or have a little involuntary shudder? It’s pretty ingrained in me to have a fairly strong reaction to these behaviors, and I gather that most other westerners

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Food and drink is SELF DEFENSE

What did you eat today?  Did the hot weather encourage you to drink the promoted drinks or to go back to the basics of water?  Did you see the latest report from the American Academy of Pediatrics about energy drinks, including drinks like Gatorade for our children.  As a teacher I must not only set the example, but I must help our students take a deep look at what and how they eat. Even those of us who “eat good”, is what we are eating really good or just better than what others are doing?  This is not a matter

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