Filipino Food & Culture Essay

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In “Fish Cheeks”, Amy Tan talks about how she felt when her family made a Chinese dinner for people from a different culture.   Amy got apprehensive when she finds out that a boy she has a crush on will be coming to their Christmas dinner because she was thinking about “What terrible disappointment would he feel upon seeing not a roasted turkey and sweet potatoes but Chinese food?” (page 349) and how embarrassing the way her loud Chinese family acts who lacked appropriate “American manners”. I believe Amy Tan learned from this experience that you must always be proud of your own culture and that you’re different like everyone else.

Back when I was still in grammar school I remember when I use to be apprehensive, just like Amy Tan, about people from different cultures coming to my house and serving them Filipino cuisines. I use to always think about if they would like it or they would think it’s disgusting. Back then I did not really want my friends from other cultures coming over to my house because I was embarrassed about what they would think about my mom’s cooking and the way my family acts. I was just used to having only people from my culture coming over to my house because they are from the Philippines and they know how it is in a Filipino home. When I got older and almost done with grammar school, I finally let some of my friends from a different culture come into my house and I was happy I did because they loved the Filipino food that my mom cooks.   From that experience, I learned that do not be ashamed of your own culture, be proud of where you came from and that you’re different just like everyone else.

Everywhere in the world you will find numerous different types of food and culture. In a daily life of a Filipino I believe that we do not consider it a meal if white rice is not served. Simple steamed rice is the source of the diet. When my family and I use to live in the Philippines, we ate a lot of different kinds of fish, served either fresh or...

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