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Articles recommended before meeting:
- #SwedenGate sparks food fight: Why some countries share meals more than others
- Do Swedes truly not feed their young guests? Maybe once upon a time.
- What do you think of the current ‘SwedenGate’ (the Swedish tradition of not serving food to guests, particularly children) debate on the internet?
1a. Do you believe ‘SwedenGate’ is common in Swedish society?
2b. Do you think Swedes are unsociable and inhospitable? What is your explanation of such hospitality culture?
- As a Swedish citizen explains, “the practice had nothing to do with being cruel or inhospitable — it was a reflection of how Swedes viewed families. Eating was something that you did at home, you didn’t feed other people’s children — that would have been considered a sort of intrusion in another family’s life, with the subtext of ‘You can’t feed your children properly, so I will feed them’”. What is your opinion on this explanation?
- Have you had any similar experiences in Taiwan?
3a. If your kids are invited to a friend’s home, do you let them stay and dine with the host family?
3b. In social situations, would you treat your friends’ kids for desserts/snacks while your friend is away? Does it bother you when your friend offers desserts/snacks to your kids without asking your permission first?
- What is the most special thing you have experienced in someone else’s house because of their custom?
- Compared to the people around you, do you think you are a hospitable person? Why or why not? Please give us some examples.
- Here are some impressions on the internet about Asian table manner:
- For an Asian family, “force-feeding” your guests is the norm. Asian families get offended when guests don't eat all their food
- Usually the one who does the inviting pays the bill. Maybe your guest will want to share the bill but you should insist at least a little bit to pay it
2a. Do you agree with the above impressions?
2b. What other Taiwanese dining customs do you know and believe are common in modern Taiwanese families?
- 3. Different cultures have different views on sharing food. When eating with your friends/colleagues, would you do the same if everyone else shared part of their meal with others?
3a. If you go to a restaurant with a group of people and everyone orders something different, will you share your food?
3b. Is it considered rude not to share part of your lunch with your friends/colleagues if it’s part of their culture but not yours?
- 4. What motivates people to share food?
4a. Some say that people from hot climates tend to be more hospitable than people from cold climates. Cold-climate cultures tend to be more individualistic and hospitality is more of an “interruption”, while hot-climate cultures are more interpersonal and hospitality is spontaneous. Do you agree?
4b. As mentioned in one of the articles above, "Societies often remember poverty, scarcity and abstinence by excessive generosity, gift-giving and hospitality as compensation." Do you agree that the behavior of sharing food is a compensatory mentality for the lack of food in the past?
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