Sybil
Food waste in China "Who knows that on the dining plate,every single grain means hardship."This famous Chinese saying that advocates cherishing food has being widely known in China for many years. However, according to China Academy of Sciences, China has become the country which has the largest amount of food waste in the world. Food waste in China is becoming one of the biggest problems these years. In my view, the improvement of Chinese people's life, the change of consumption idea and the impact of traditional culture are three main reasons of this phenomenon. To begin with, the improvement of Chinese life is a basic reason. With the rise of China's economy, people's life is effectively improved. The average salary is higher, so it's easier for people to buy what they want. And with the development of science and technology, we have more chioces of food as well. Second, the change of Chinese consumption idea is an important reason. The industrial tranformation and the rise of service industry promote catering services, and then promote people's needs of food. In addition, modern advertisement greatly impacts and shapes people's consumption, make it be the truth that people who loves themselves should spend much money on themselves. Third, the impact of Chinese traditional culture is also a big reason. Chinese traditional sayings like "Nian Nian You Yu" encourage people to order more food than they can eat, and the wasted food symbolizes a greater life in the next year. Traditional concept of treating also cause food waste--in some Chinese mindset, leaving some food on the plates can show politeness and generosity to guests. As what I mentioned before…
Oct 17, 2020 2:55 AM
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Food waste in China "Who knows that on the dining plate,every single grain means hardship?" This famous Chinese saying that advocates conserving food has being widely known in China for many years. However, according to the China Academy of Sciences, China has become the country with the largest amount of food waste in the world. Food waste in China is becoming one of the biggest problems in recent years. In my view, the improvement of Chinese people's life, changes to attitudes about consumption and the impact of traditional culture are three main reasons of this phenomenon. To begin with, the improvement of Chinese standards of living is an immediate reason. With the rise of China's economy, people's lives have effectively improved. The average salary is higher, so it's easier for people to buy what they want. With the development of science and technology, we have more choices of food as well. Second, the change in Chinese people's attitudes towards consumption is also an important reason. Industrialization and the rise of the service industry promote catering services, and then increase people's need for food. In addition, modern advertisements greatly impact and shape people's consumption, promoting the idea that people who love themselves should spend a lot of money on themselves. Third, the impact of Chinese traditional culture is also a key reason. Chinese traditional sayings like "Nian Nian You Yu" encourage people to order more food than they can eat, and the wasted food symbolizes a plentiful life in the next year. Traditional concepts of hospitality also cause food waste--in some Chinese mindsets, leaving some food on the plate shows politeness and generosity to guests. As I mentioned before…
I translated 请客 as hospitality, because we can't really say "concepts of treating" in English. Hospitality is, of course, a much broader term, but I think it is suitable in this context :)
October 17, 2020
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Sybil
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Other), English
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English