Living Color China: Dim Sum By Jonas Jacobson

When I first arrived at Jim Fong at 9:15 AM, I immediately noticed it wasn't a "normal" American restaurant. There was were about fifty other people waiting for tables at this unusual hour. There were over one hundred-fifty seats in this large restaurant and we did not order from a menu, but from a cart. This was a unique experience to me partially because my family doesn't eat Dim Sum often and the food was very different than what I usually have.
My experience was a great outlook on the evidence of ancient China. One of the major Confucius principles and practices that was demonstrated is li, etiquette and rituals. One example of li that connected to ancient China was we left food on our plates to signify that we were full, we had tasted everything that was served to us, and that we didn't need any more food. This is a key principle of ancient Confucius rules. Also, when the food was brought over by a server, as an ancient ritual, we politely asked instead of pointing. We also maintained the ritual of pouring tea for others and used our pointer and middle finger to thank. This all connects with the legacy of ancient China.

Walking into a busy and loud restaurant set the tone for conversation. The circular tables allowed us to see and talk freely to one another without having to yell across a narrow table. This is exactly was Confucius wanted a civilized social atmosphere to achieve guanxi. Although there wasn't much entertainment, the setting of guanxi was very noticeable.

This experience takes you out side of your textbook Horace Mann life and lets you have an insight on the intriguing dining experience of a Chinese person. Instead of staying at home and watching Kung Fu Panda you can go out and get a first hand experience of the Chinese dining culture.

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