Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Narrative Essay_Chopsticks
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN
THE DESIGN SCHOOL
FOUNDATION IN NATURAL BUILD ENVIRONMENT
NAME: CHUA CHANG YEONG
STUDENT ID NO: 0314044
TOOL SELECTED: CHOPSTICKS
WORD COUNT: 506
ENGLISH 2 (ENGL 0205)
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1: NARRATIVE ESSAY
LECTURER: CASSANDRA WIJESURIA
SUBMISSION DATE: 14TH NOVEMBER 2013
Kitchen is a place where people must appear there every day to cook and
prepare their meal. In a kitchen, we can found many cooking implement and tools.
There is an interesting tool in the kitchen of my house where my grandmother will use it
every day when she has her meal. It is the chopstick.
Chopsticks areanimportant partofAsian culture.Their popularityand widespread
use acrossAsiahavealongandrich history.Chopsticksare believed originated in ancient
China about 5000 years ago.TheyarefrequentlyusedastraditionaleatingutensilsinChina,
Korea, Japan and othercountry of EastAsia.
In Chinese,the wordforchopsticks derives its meaning from the character
for"fast", which is the way thisstyle of fareis mostoftendevoured. Forthose more
accustomed toa knifeand fork,however,using chopsticks can beagood way toslow
downthe scoffing,and avoidovereating.
Chopsticks are traditionally made from bamboo and are lacquered. Bamboo and
wood chopsticks are relatively inexpensive.Besides, they arelow in temperature
conduction compare to the western steel spoona fork.Nowadays, the chopstickswe
usedare normally made from plastic because they are cheaper.
Chopsticks arethelong, thin and tapered sticks.They aretwinbrothers, so thata
pair of chopsticks hastotally samelengthofabout 10 inches.When you holda
chopstick,youwillfound that it is as light and a pencil.The traditional bamboo chopsticks
have a wooden and natural smell.Mychopsticks are brown in colour as itismade of wood
and withgoldChinese words on the parts above thehandle.The tips of thechopsticksare
taperandfinewhile the handlesare thick blendedshape ofroundwith aslightsquaring of
thefaces. Thereis no texturingorcarvingon the chopstickstips.
Using chopsticks is notthat difficult but many find it hard tolearn to use. To use
the chopsticks, first, pickup the first chopstick with your middle finger thumb. Grip the
second chopstick with your index finger andthumb. Finally, openthe chopsticks and
close to pick upthe food. Make sure do not make an “X” asthis will make it hard to pick
up the food.
It has beensaid byusing chopsticks it can improvesour memory,
increasesfingerdexterityand even can beuseful inlearning andimprovingskills suchas
Chinese character printingandbrush painting.ManyAsiansuperstitions revolve
aroundchopsticks as well. Forexample, if youfindan uneven pair atyourtable seating,itis
believedthat you willmiss thenext train,boat or plane you are tryingto catch. Also,
droppingyourchopsticksisasignof bad luck to come.
My time with chopsticks is interesting as I can learn the techniques to use it and it
is funny when watching someone keep fail to use the chopsticks and drop the food
everywhere. Using chopsticks can be one challenge in your life!