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Chopsticks, 'Chinese Tongs'

As they are normally used, chopsticks are essentially a pair of tongs – the hand acts as the hinged connection joining and controlling the two sticks. It is interesting to wonder why chopsticks were not developed into proper tongs, a utensil that would be much easier for the beginner, whether Chinese or foreign, to grapple with.

 
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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