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Do Chinese people traditionally put the napkin on their lap when eating at a Chinese restaurant?

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Do Chinese people traditionally put the napkin on their lap when eating at a Chinese restaurant?

ipsedixit | Feb 19, 2013 11:04 AM

Do Chinese people do this? Or this more of a Western rule of etiquette?

I was watching a period piece the other night, and there was a scene of a large feast and for the life of me, no one put the napkins on their lap.

In fact, most of the scenes didn't even show napkins whatsoever.

Then I thought back to some of the soap operas that I used to watch with my grandmother (RIP), and I don't recall what the normal course of procedure was for the napkin at the table, or even if there was one.

And, honestly, growing up I don't know if I was taught anything about napkins, and how to place or not place them during dinner service. Alot was said about chopsticks, soup spoons, serving your elders, etc. But I don't know if anything in particular was said in an "Emily Post" fashion about napkins.

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