Chinese New Year has just passed and thoughts of dim sum past dance in my head. I have begun to think about the of importance of food in every culture. For example, in Chinese cultures it plays a great role. Instead of the western salutation of “hello,” the Chinese will greet a close relation with the question of, “have you eaten?” Which will most likely lead to some sort of feeding. For me, when I go out with friends we will be eating at least once. When we have pot of tea, we pour for one another. I know this is common in Asian cultures, but I wonder what role(s) food plays in other cultures.
When you pick up a magazine or listen to the news the negative relationships forged seems pervasive. What I have gathered is that sometimes people have poor relationship with food, it consists of dieting and/or overeating. I think in it’s own way our relationship with food can also tell us about our relationship with ourselves, which in turn has relevance to our relationships with family and friends. Food much like our friends, family and ourselves needs to be valued and cherished, not overindulged and not taken for granted. I think like most Chinese I don’t eat to live, I live to eat, and I love doing that with family and friends. Doesn’t it all come full circle?