Comment of the day: Rice as a tie that binds
July 10th, 2011
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From commenter Kelsey on iReport: Rice – the grain that feeds the planet:

I'm an ESL teacher in South Korea, and in some kindergartens over here, it has taken a lot of time and effort for young students to see similarities between themselves and some of the Indian children also in the classroom. Something that my Korean students and Indian students bonded over? Rice.

My Indian student packs her lunch every day, but that food was one of the first things that students could see was the same between them, even though they speak entirely different languages in their homes and are of different cultural backgrounds. "Teacher, she eats the rice and I eat the rice TOO! Same same!" – something seemingly small, but when acceptance has not been easy for some of them, it's a memorable moment.

Read more about the inextricable bond between food and cultural identity

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    October 2, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  2. amelia from z tasty life

    Rice is to Food, as Soccer is to Sport: the common denominator, the basic element that communes us, no mater what our differences. I am from Italy and while you may think of pasta first, riso & risotto are present throughout Italy.

    August 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  3. s kel

    im glad to see a food i love so much (rice) is culturely bonding food. but why do people i know from northern and west coast states insist on adding sugar to perfectly cooked rice?

    July 12, 2011 at 1:30 am |
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