Every now and then an incident, an experience or a story can jolt me back to who I really am. Not a very nice person. A recent trip to Montevideo, Uruguay, did that for me. I saw a dark side of my Chinese self: the ethnocentric Chinese who thinks that Chinese food is the best in the whole wide world. And no other!
As we, in the Southern hemisphere, move into Autumn and Winter, I tend to think of what I eat. When I was younger, my Aussie friends used to say that Chinese eat a lot and don’t put on weight. Of course, like most sayings, this one also has some truth but it is not always true at all times for all Chinese people. If Chinese eat a lot, they too will be fat. However, it is true nevertheless that a lot of my Chinese friends who follow a Taoist diet seem to remain slim no matter how much they gorge themselves. So the secret is in the Tao of eating. Continue reading “Why It Takes Longer to Fatten Up If You Are Chinese: The Secret of the Tao of Eating”