31 May '14, 6pm

Emperor’s Dish, or the Emperor’s New Clothes? @SeaShepherd

Emperor’s Dish, or the Emperor’s New Clothes? @SeaShepherd

Emperor’s Dish, or the Emperor’s New Clothes? Commentary by Gary Stokes, Sea Shepherd Asia Director Shark fins drying on the roof in Hong Kong Photo: Sea Shepherd / Gary Stokes Though the origins of shark fin soup vary slightly, in most tales it was created by an emperor in the Sung Dynasty (968 AD) who wanted to display his wealth, power and generosity to his guests. Centuries later, this dish has become the stereotypical, iconic dish that must be served at Chinese weddings or corporate business meetings as a show of “face” and wealth. Shark Fin Soup is part of the “Big Four,” comprised of Abalone, Sea Cucumber, Shark Fin, & Fish Maw, a must-have combination at any important Chinese function. “Face” in Asia is very important; it’s an intricate part of society and must be the first lesson learnt by anyone trying to understand Asian culture. Doing so will explain why some t...

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/commentary-and-editorials/2014...

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