This dim sum experience at Jing Fong's has taught me how the legacy of Confucianism and Daoism still lives on through society today. In my experience most of my friends who I was sitting with had never eaten Dim Sum before. Most of our table had to test everything and had never eaten anything like it. We got a lot of random different foods that looked interesting. There were many different flavors in dim sum like sweet and sour or steamed and fried. We were very cautious to follow the Chinese etiquette that we had read about previously.
One of the important concepts of Confucianism is a balance between opposites. In this picture the dragon on the right represents men and on the left the phoenix represents women because phoenix can rebirth. Women are the only ones who can give birth which is why they are represented by the phoenix. They are on two different sides to show balance.
Chopsticks were advocated by Confucius. Chopsticks also reflect gentleness and benevolence which are main morals of Confucius' ideas.
The food in Dim Sum cuisine is Confucianism because there is a lot of balance between flavors like sweet and sour or fried and steamed.
Most chinese families gather for 3 meals a day with each other. This is showing Confucianism because when you gather with your family you are respecting them by talking to them and taking time out of your day to be with them. Confucianism is about respect especially to your parents and benevolence.
In my experience and in dim sum eating usually goes in the order of seniority. This is a very confucius tradition because when you start with the oldest you are respecting your elders. Some of Confucius' five great relationships are father to son, elder brother to younger brother, and older friend to younger friend. All these relationships have something to do with respecting someone older than you. In my experience the youngest people poured water for the oldest people at the table.
This decoration is very Daoist because in Daoism nature is a big concept. This bamboo decoration is showing nature.
Dim Sum and different types of chinese traditions can teach us about Daoism and this decoration is daoist because there is no pattern. The shapes inside the circle are just going with the flow and they have no order. In Daoism you are supposed to just go with the flow and not have a plan.
Most chinese meals are centered around grain. This represents some concepts of Daoism because grains are natural and Daoism is everything about nature.
Overall, I would definitely suggest this experience to future eight graders because it not only teaches you about Daoism and Confucianism, but gives you a modern and real life experience of the legacy of the philosophies. I got a first hand experience of the legacy of Confucianism and Daoism. I got to follow some of the ideas of Confucius and Laozi. I experienced Daoism and Confucianism today in this experience.