Living Color China By ryan wolfberg


For my living color experience, I went to a restaurant called Jing Fong. It is a Chinese dim sum restaurant in Chinatown, New York. At the restaurant, the waiters were pushing around carts. In the carts, there were small portions of food. The meal consisted of many different servings of Chinese food served in these small portions from the carts. The types of food served were dumplings, pork buns, tea, egg rolls, rice, noodles, and various desserts. All around the restaurant were different Chinese symbols from Confucianism, Daoism and other Chinese traditions. The restaurant was a way to experience Chinese culture through a meal.

The Phoenix and dragon are a symbol that is used to bring good fortune when you have a wedding couple. The Phoenix represents the female and the dragon represents the male.
These four symbols on the wall also represent a wedding couple. They are used to bring prosperity and good fortune to the couple.
There were bamboo designs on many of the walls. This bamboo represents nature, which is one of the key principles of Daoism.


One aspect of Chinese religion that was experienced at Jing Fong was respect and etiquette. In Confucian beliefs, respect is a crucial concept. In class we learned about Chinese business etiquette. Similar to business, at dim sum there were many rules about all aspects of the meal. You had to use your chopsticks a certain way, food and tea needed to be served in a specific manner, and there were even rules about what should be served and how the food should be eaten.

The food is eaten family style. You are not supposed to serve yourself, but rather have others you are eating with serve you. The tea pots should never be facing a person and traditionally water is not served at a meal.


At my dim sum experience, aspects that connected to Daoism were the ideas of balance and nature. With most of the food, there was a balance of flavors. Many times different flavors such as sweet and salty were mixed. With this balance, the food didn't have too much of a particular taste, but rather had just the right blend of flavors. This balance is known as yin yang. Another part of Daoism seen was nature. The Chinese traditionally make food that looks like something it actually isn't. Another place where nature was present in the meal was in the tea. The tea was made of leaves, which come from nature.

At the restaurant we saw what looked like a carrot but was actually other vegetables filled with custard. This is to imitate food to look like nature.

Why you should choose this as your living color experience

Dim sum was a fun and exciting living color experience. I was able to see and learn about all the different Chinese cultures we have learned about in class: Daoism, Confucianism, and Chinese culture. In Daoism, we witnessed nature and balance, and in Confucianism we experienced respect and etiquette. While observing the different religions, I was also able to enjoy a delicious, traditional Chinese meal with my friends in China Town. Jing Fong was amazing and is definitely a great choice for your living color experience.

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