Is it pretentious to use chopsticks?

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  1. Thundercrack85 Registered

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    Question for members, is using chopsticks when eating at an East Asian restaurant pretentious?

    Assuming you're not East Asian, and the restaurant isn't in East Asia, obviously.
     
  2. Doctor Evo Registered

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    Why would it be pretentious? :huh:
     
  3. RetrogradeOrbit Do I look like I'm joking?

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    Only if you can eat with them while they are stuck up your nose...
     
  4. MessiahDecoy123 Psychological Anarchist

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    I got some smirks when I used a fork at a Vietnamese restaurant, from white people.

    So it's not pretentious to use chopsticks, but it is pretentious to act like your better than those who don't.
     
  5. Mace Bloodstone Registered

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    I just use the spork on my swiss army knife.
     
  6. MessiahDecoy123 Psychological Anarchist

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    You're like a real life Batman.
     
  7. The Question Objectivism doesn't work.

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    pre·ten·tious
    /priˈtenCHəs/
    Adjective
    Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.

    I've also heard pretension described as "profundity that's unearned."


    I think most people who use chopsticks just like it.
     
  8. TheIrishAvenger You are not special.

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  9. Manic User title? USER TITLE?!

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    That's like asking if it's pretentious to use a salad fork to eat a salad. It's an appropriate eating utensil.
     
  10. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    I hate using chopsticks. I have this stabbing weapon that is much more effective. Its a fork.
     
  11. chamber-music Infinity Ammo

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    Its funny you brought this up because China is starting to tell Chinese people to use a knife and fork.

    From The Telegraph
     
  12. thalidomide The Enemy

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    I'm asian and I don't use those to eat, but I don't think it's pretentious if you want to use one.
     
  13. Duke Registered

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    I'll just use a fork.
     
  14. Marvolo Registered

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    Spoon and fork is more effective, but if you want some culture and to immerse in a different way of doing things then do it. Protentious be damned.
     
  15. Nathan Registered

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    When I eat noodles, I need chopsticks. I can't use forks anymore, it just feels wrong.
     
  16. THUNDERSTRIKE NOTORIOUS, INGLORIOUS, VICTORIOUS

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    they're great for spearing those pesky snots that you just can't seem to dislodge...

    and then you can take the stick and bend it slightly to flick it away when no one is looking and hope that it won't land in someone's fried rice... :wow:

    that's what I call a snotsticker... :doh:
     
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    I don't get why it's pretentious.

    But I use a fork because I can't get a handle on eating with chopsticks and just make myself look like an idiot.
     
  18. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    It's only pretentious if you're not Asian. I attempted to use them a couple times when I was eating with my girl who actually is Japanese but eventually just said "**** it, I'm not good at this."
     
  19. jaqua99 ....I need a horse!

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    forks? Chopsticks?

    The hell, who uses utensils to eat still? I go primitive, just my hands, sometimes I dive in face first
     
  20. Marvolo Registered

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    No it isn't.
     
  21. Mace Bloodstone Registered

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    you're a sell out, not keepin it real...
     
  22. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    Yes it is. Because I said so. :o
     
  23. Anita18 DANCE FOR ME, FUNNY MAN!

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    Learn to use chopsticks to impress your Asian girlfriend's parents. :oldrazz:
     
  24. Piper Maru Guest

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    Just use your hands and attack your dinner like a wild animal. And even if you make grunting sounds, it's not pretentious in the least.
     
  25. Hobgoblin Veritas veritatum

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    Using chopsticks is a skill I envy and wouldnt consider pretentious if used in an Asian restaurant. It would be extremely pretentious to laugh at a person that doesnt know how to use them.
     

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