Mom’s Korean Utensil Set

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
korean utensil set
korean utensil set

My object is a traditional Korean utensil set. The utensils are traditional Korean chopsticks and a spoon from Korea. Everyone in my family uses them every day. They're made of stainless steel, but traditionally made of brass or silver, The chopsticks are also flattened instead of round and cylinder, and not tapered at the end. I chose this object because it was the first utensils I used, after baby utensils of course. The reason that they use metal utensils is because in ancient Korea they used to believe that metal can detect if the food was poisonous or not; Unlike other parts of Asia such as China and Japan, Korea uses the spoon for rice when in other places they use chopsticks for rice. The chopsticks are flat for holding more food and shoveling rice, even though they use spoons for rice. My mom brought them here from Korea in 1980 at 8 years old. My final thought is, there are so many different types of chopsticks, some are small and tapered, some are long and thick but Korean chopsticks are flat and are paired with a spoon. There are so many unique and different types of utensils around the world.

Place(s): Korea
Year: 1980

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