Chopsticks or Cutlery?

May-bo Ching

in Narratives of Free Trade

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083534
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209275 | DOI:
Chopsticks or Cutlery?

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Through a study of menus and etiquette in the banquets laid on by the Canton Cohong merchants for their foreign counterparts, this chapter focuses on the styles of diplomacy that centred on food banquets. By asking straightforward questions such as ‘What kind of knowledge did the Chinese cooks and servants possess for entertaining foreign guests?’ it derives insight into what kind of impact this material cultural exchange might have left on Canton in the subsequent years.

Keywords: China; United States; food; culture; etiquette; Canton trade; Cohong

Chapter.  7159 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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