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Yin & Yang At The Asian Dinner Table

Posted: January 21, 2006
by: T.Alexander

Cultural behavior stems from philosophy and that includes how a culture chooses to feed itself. I’m fascinated with Asian culture, cuisine, and the uncluttered simplicity of Asian eating habits. Dishes are basic in ingredients and preparation, yet are filled with heavenly flavors. Yin_yang_1

Think about yin and yang for a moment. Yin & Yang can be looked at in western terms as opposite factors and the relationships that exist between these opposites.  For example the Earth is divided into ocean & land masses, yin and yang. But the philosophy further holds that no opposite is pure or absolute as there is always some degree of the opposite contained in anything that exists. So opposites hold each other in balance, so to speak.

When I think of a typical Asian dinner table I think of fish, usually steamed and seasoned, served with fresh vegetables and rice….food from the sea, food from the earth, perfectly in balance. Hummm. Wonder if yin & yang at the dinner table contributes to the health, focus and efficiency of the Asian population?

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