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History of the Chopstick – A Brief History of the Unusual Spoon

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History of the Chopstick – A Brief History of the Unusual Spoon

Chopsticks, more popularly known as long sticks with a flat base, have been shape-coded, matched, and sorted (by type) from a variety of historical, artistic, and geographic events and places. The Chinese used them primarily for eating, picking up, and transporting food, and eventually developed a system of twelve categories of chopsticks according to the use they were to be used for. These chopsticks varied in size, thickness, weight, material, and shape. In addition to these twelve categories, there were five other categories, which include the flat sticks of raw bamboo.

With growing globalization, the global community has also come to realize that not all nations, cultures, or individuals use the same system of chopsticks. This has led to the establishment of an International Chopstick Federation, which includes adult learners from different countries who are recognized through the United Nations Organization for World Affairs and the World Chopstick Federation. These organizations have begun to request members from each country to participate in an annual congress to come up with an official set of standards and qualifications for chopsticks, which are to be accepted at international gatherings. For example, the United States requires that all certified manufacturers meet a minimum set of requirements for sold sticks before they can sell them to consumers.

The history of chopsticks begins almost two thousand years ago. Most likely, the early Chinese were accustomed to using a stick, which they could pick, use to prod meat, and even hook to make animal claws. Over time, they perfected the use of a single chopstick to hold various vegetables, fruits, meats, and even objects such as umbrellas and tea cups. Over time, the chopstick became more sophisticated and became one of the most common items on kitchens around China.

During the time of the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1200 BC), the emperors of China discovered that by placing food on the chopstick and then lifting the stick straight up with the index or middle finger of the left hand, it could lift a glass of water. This discovery paved the way for the development of the wok, which is the precursor of today’s wok cup. As rice was slowly boiled in water, the flat side of the stick was kept clean and then the upper portion of the stick was dipped into the water. As the stick dipped in the water, it could then be pulled up and a thin stream of water would run down the stick, giving the impression that the fingers had actually hooked fish.

However, with the western influence in Japan, chopsticks began to be used for a completely different purpose. By borrowing the design of the European wok, Japanese cooks began to use the chopstick as an alternate utensil to stir things in a pan. Soon, the use of chopsticks as a stirrer became commonplace, although they still remained attached to the stick during food preparation. By the nineteenth century, when the trade for imported goods began increasing, chopsticks became an even more important part of daily life. Although the standardization of chopsticks by the Japanese Government in the twentieth century removed most of their cultural significance, the custom of using the chopstick as a dipping tool still persists in many parts of Japan.

With the ever-changing trends in modern Japan, chopsticks have developed many uses and are no longer solely for the purpose of stirring in a pot of water. Today, they can be used for various tasks throughout the home. While traditionally deemed a waste of time, today many Japanese citizens make chopsticks their custom of choice for loosening sauces or making delicious sushi. With the ever-changing etiquette in Japan, every day a new way to make use of this simple utensil becomes accepted in the country.