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Comparison and Contrast of Table Manners between China and Western Countries

Table manners somehow reflect the customs and habits between Chinese and Westerners.

In order to behave decently, the difference between table manners of these two countries can’t be missed. First of all,the real difference is that in the West, you have your own plate of food, while in China the dishes are placed on the table and everyone shares. Secondly, In China, it is not rude to reach in front of someone to grab something while you should ask politely for someone to pass it to you in USA. Then, In China, Chinese host like to put food on your plate for you and in America food is passed around the table and you can choose what you want. Last but not least, never take the last bit from a serving dish in China but it is not bad to take item off dish in America.

There are also some similarities in the table manners. For example, do not blow your nose or burping at the table. If you sneeze or cough, say sorry to the humanitarian around. When you are having meals, always maintain silence is rude and you should have conversations with people around you. However, don’t talk while eating.

By comparing, we can simply tell the differences and similarities of the table manners between western countries and China. It

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