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Rookie Chopsticks

Rookie Chopsticks -- Set of 12

Rookie Chopsticks -- Set of 4

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  Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Chopsticks

Explore the history, customs, and manners surrounding chopsticks with this fun and fascinating educational guide. Soon you'll be amazing your friends and family with your knowledge and expertise of all kinds of chopsticks!


  • What are chopsticks?

  • Where did chopsticks come from?

  • Who uses chopsticks?

  • Chinese Chopsticks

  • Japanese Chopsticks

  • Korean Chopsticks

  • Vietnamese Chopsticks

  • Chopsticks Manners

  • Chopstick Fun Facts

  • How to use Chopsticks

  • Games to Develop Your Chopsticks Skills

  • Chopsticks Resources from Asia for Kids











    What are chopsticks?

    Chopsticks are utensils used for eating and cooking in East Asia. In fact, they are the second-most popular eating tools in the world, after fingers! They come in many different sizes, shapes, colors, and lengths. Chopsticks are made from a variety of materials, including wood (disposable and non-disposable). Bamboo is the most popular material for chopsticks because it is inexpensive, available, easy to split, resistant to heat, and has no odor or taste. Other materials used to make chopsticks include cedar, sandalwood, teak, pine, and bone, and some wealthy people have chopsticks made from jade, gold, bronze, brass, agate, coral, ivory, and silver.

    Where did chopsticks come from?

    It is believed that chopsticks were developed in China about 5,000 years ago! It is likely that people cooked their food in large pots that held heat for a long time, and impatient eaters would break twigs off trees to get their food. Some say the philosopher Confucius, who lived in the 5th century B.C., influenced the development of chopsticks with his nonviolent teachings. He declared that knives not be brought to the dinner table, because they were associated with war and death. Bronze chopsticks were excavated from sites in China dating back to the Shang Dynasty, over 3,000 years ago. By this time, Chinese who wanted to save fuel while cooking chopped and shredded their food into little bite-size pieces so it would cook faster. They found it easier to eat these morsels of food with a set of two sticks they called "kuai-za" or "quick ones." The English word "chopstick" came into being in the 19th century, when English-speaking traders attempted to say the Chinese word "kuai-za." The word "chop" means fast--as in the phrase "chop chop!"

    Who uses chopsticks?

    Chinese may have developed chopsticks, but by 500 A.D., people in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and other places in East Asia were using them regularly, too! People from Thailand, Indonesia, and most parts of the Philippines do not normally use chopsticks unless they are of Chinese descent. In countries such as Thailand, chopsticks may be used to eat Chinese-style noodle dishes, and a ceramic Chinese spoon may be used for soups and certain desserts. Of course, many modern homes and almost all restaurants provide a spoon and fork, and you can find chopsticks in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese restaurants around the world!





    Look for more resources from Asia For Kids

    Rookie Chopsticks-for the "Chopstick Challenged" (including a complete Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Chopsticks guide if you order set of 12).
    Cleversticks--paperback book
    Nikkei Donburi: A Japanese American Cultural Survival Guide
    Multicultural Manners--paperback book
    Do's and Taboos Around the World--paperback book










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