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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Asian ➔ Chopsticks

These ceramic chopsticks are decorated with a green bamboo pattern and are accompanied by two ceramic chopstick holders. They are stored in their original packaging, a red fiber-board box with a dragon pattern and gold, foil-stamped Chinese characters on the front. These chopsticks are from China and were gifted by the Executive Director of Jenison International Academy to one of her employees after she returned from a trip to China. 

Chopsticks are a common eating utensil in many Asian countries, including China, Japan, and Korea. Originally made from trees or bamboo, they were first used in China during the Han dynasty and spread to Japan and Korea. Designed as an extension of a person’s fingers, they acted like sticks to grab food cooked over a fire. Once noodles and rice became more popular, chopsticks began replacing spoons and are now considered the only eating tool needed in China, Japan, and Vietnam. Koreans frequently use metal chopsticks with a matching spoon. 
circa 2010
1 1/8"" h 11 1/4"" w 3 3/4"" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Gift of Ashleigh Palmiter

Discovery Kit: Foodways (October 25 2019)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.    

Virtual Discovery Kit: Foodways (May 2020)
Food is a universal language. Discover how cultures around the world work in the kitchen.
Ashleigh Palmiter
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