The Chinese began using chopsticks
over 5000 years ago. The Chinese name for chopsticks, kuai-zi, means
‘quick little fellows’ in English. By 500
AD people were using chopsticks in Vietnam, Korea and Japan.
In Japan chopsticks were originally considered
precious and were used only for religious
Chopsticks can be made from a variety of
materials; bamboo, wood, gold, silver, ivory, pewter and plastic. Bamboo
is the most popular material because it is cheap, easy to cut, doesn’t
get hot and has no taste or smell.