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Oct 21, 2013 01:41 PM

Why so many Asian food bloggers and Yelpers?

I've come to realized that a lot of Yelper reviewers are Asians and a lot of food bloggers are Asians as well. I wonder why this is the case. I am Asian myself(though I don't have a blog or don't really contribute to Yelp).
Anyone thought the same?

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  1. I think there are two things. Of course, none of us really know for sure, but I speculate two things.

    First, Asians are more into blogging and internet stuffs in general, not just food. This is known that Asians are more into social media. It is shown not just in US, but around the world.

    Second, food is highly valued in Asian culture. It plays a bigger role in several Asian countries, like Japan and China....etc. It is like video games. There is a far higher ratio of Asians playing video games than other ethnicity groups.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      chemkinetics is right
      asians are very into social media

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        Food is highly valued in a lot of culture.

        Another thing I noticed is that a lot of famous chefs especially ones from France open locations in major Asian cities before they even consider opening a location in US.
        I gues there is a high demand for new things as most of these Asian cities are still developing with people constantly looking for something better and newer. People in Asia are more open to new concepts, ideas and food in general than people in West I think. Which explains why a bad pizza shop in suburban cities in US survive with no problem while bad food joint in Asian cities don't survive a day but that's a whole different topic.

      2. I could go on a rant, but I'll keep it clean and just +1 what ^^^^they said.

        I'm Asian too, btw

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        1. re: youareabunny

          ['Nother Asian here raises hand]

          Food plays a dominant role in some cultures, but notably Asian. Our local fblog scene is heavy with Asians, but then so is our city:

          And it seems to me there's a higher ratio of females than males.

          In general I love the diversity of the bloggers' demographics, it adds to the richness of points of views and information available.

        2. And quite a few Chowhounds as well.

          1. I personally think it's mostly Chinese (or people of Chinese descent). I have no statistics - just observation.

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            1. Food is highly valued in almost every culture, but from my personal observations, I tend to eat a lot more food than non-Asians as do my Asian friends. Love of food + big appetite = more Asian bloggers and yelpers?

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              1. re: Pookipichu

                Common (more traditional) Chinese greeting = "你吃饭了吗 ?"

                Pinyin: "Nǐ chī fàn le ma ?

                Translation: "Have you eaten yet ?"

                I rarely hear two Chinese persons (incl. myself sometimes) who converse without bringing up food & eating.

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  True, but my Italian friends are greeted by their grandmothers with "have you eaten, can I make you a sandwich, you need to eat more, let me make you something" :) My aunties always greet me by saying "ni pong la" Translation: You've fattened...

                  1. re: Pookipichu

                    Arghhh, I hate it when my older relatives greet me that way: "Oh you've gained weight." or "Oh you've lost weight.". As someone who's grown up in N. America, I find those remarks somewhat offensive :-/

                    1. re: Pookipichu

                      :) Yet, those are supposed to be well-meaning.

                      There are a lot of very straight-forward Asian statements. It is actually perfectly ok to comment an elderly relative: "You look so much older than I saw you last or You have aged so much" in Asian culture. Given the correct context and tone, it is not an offensive statement in Asia, but it is offensive in American culture.

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        I never take offense, after the 1,000th time your umpteenth auntie has told you "you've fattened!" with a big smile on her face, you just need to get over it. My non-Chinese friends find it absolutely bizarre, but in America, many people are very self-conscious about being told they've plumped most auspiciously.

                        1. re: Pookipichu

                          Every culture is different I think. I think most people in USA does not mind too much if they were compared to dogs. It can be taken as a big insult in Asia, if you tell someone that he/she looks like a dog.

                          I just thinks words can have extra meaning and that is why people get offended. These extra meanings often do not translate with language, so what is offensive in one country is not offensive in another country.

                          By the way, I am willing to bet that you are slender and young person. The reason I said that is because "You've fattened" is a neutral-to-positive statement to a slender person in Asian culture. However, "You've fattened" is offensive in Asian culture if you are actually fat.

                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                            Also depends on what sort of background you come from, if you were raised from a Chinese urban background being called fat or being told you've gained weight (especially when you actually are overweight) is not a complementary comment.

                            1. re: Blueicus

                              <(especially when you actually are overweight)>

                              Exactly. I agree. However, the statement can be a complement (in Chinese) if you are a skinny person. Whereas I think it is NEVER a complement to tell an American girl that "You have been getting fatter!" regardless of her body size.

                            2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                              The younger generation no longer greets each other with "you've fattened", it's definitely more of an older generation greeting, especially in the cities.

                              There's also a difference when you really have gained weight, the way they say it is no longer in the tone "you've fattened, it's so auspicious", it's more of a "you've fattened?"

                              1. re: Pookipichu

                                <The younger generation no longer greets each other with "you've fattened", it's definitely more of an older generation greeting, especially in the cities.>

                                It is not so much about this younger generation. It is about old to young. This "You have been getting fatter" is often done as a statement from an elder to a youngster. It is rarely the other way around. When your aunt was young, she probably very rarely greeted her equals (people of her same age) with this statement.

                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                  What you said is true about older to younger, but it's also true that that greeting is not en vogue with the younger generation. 30-40's somethings, especially people from the city. I don't know any urban Chinese woman who would greet a younger girl with "you've fattened" as a compliment.

                                  1. re: Pookipichu

                                    I still hear it. 30-40 women complimenting 5-6 years old kids.

                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                      Well that's a different story, even I will pinch a child's cheek and tell them how adorable and plump they are.

                                      1. re: Pookipichu

                                        <I will pinch a child's cheek >

                                        Yes, but do you tell a child of age 5-10, that "Johnny, everyime I see you, you are getting fatter"? Do you say that in English?

                                        It is perfectly acceptable to say that in Chinese.

                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                          Actually I differ in opinion, I will say kids are adorably plump, in Chinese or English, even when commenting on Western children. BUT I would not do that with older kids, Chinese or otherwise, and I think that most 30-40s generations would not either, I just don't hear it. It is no longer acceptable, my aunties are in their 70-80s, anorexia didn't exist when they grew up, but 30-40 year olds are much more mindful of girl's body image.

                                          1. re: Pookipichu

                                            <I will say kids are adorably plump>

                                            Adorably plump is not the same as sayin "You look fatter and fatter every year" I specifically used the word FAT.

                                            <I think that most 30-40s generations would not either, I just don't hear it. It is no longer acceptable>

                                            What can I say? You don't hear it. I do. I am sure you are telling the truth. All I can say is that I still hear it.

                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                              I think you are being too sensitive, I specifically chose/ worded my reply that "I differ in opinion" not that you are wrong or telling an untruth. There are a lot of Chinese people in this world, we easily have very different circles.

                                              Regarding "ni pong la" tone is everything, it can be said in an endearing way or it can be said in a more serious way. When using English, tone doesn't distinguish meaning as easily, I'm pretty sure you speak some dialect of Chinese so you know what I'm talking about. Chinese is much more nuanced with tone.

                              2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                Being told you look like a dog can be a pretty big insult in the USA too. Just so you know:-)

                                1. re: miss_belle

                                  :) True, but it is probably not as bad. I certainly don't mind if someone says I look like a dog. I would actually be thrilled if someone compare me to a dog or a wolf. (My favor animals).

                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                    Interesting point. Why is (in the US) being compared to a dog insulting but a wolf is not an insult? Lone wolf? Positive connotation. And those sexy wolves from the Twilight series!

                                    1. re: tcamp

                                      I can see that. A dog is considered to be servant to someone. So calling a person a dog can mean that this person is tool for someone.

                                      A wolf has none of that negative image

                                      I can go up to a woman, and praise her and said that her eyes are beautiful and they are sprinkling like those of a wolf (or an eagle). I cannot (most likely) say that her eyes look like those of a dog, despite dog eyes are really the same as wolf eyes

                                2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                  Umm, I think almost everyone in the USA would take it as a negative if you told them they looked like a dog. If you think I'm wrong, go out and tell an american female friend that you think she looks like a dog and see what the reaction is.

                                  Fox on the other hand is something different (I'm probably dating myself by even using the term fox).

                                  BTW, I think plenty of non-asian people obsess over food and write/blog about. Maybe just be a lot of vocal asians on CH.

                                  1. re: Bkeats

                                    < I think almost everyone in the USA would take it as a negative>

                                    I am thinking about more along the line of men.

                                    "Yo Dog!"

                                    1. re: Bkeats

                                      Well, my husband loves to suck on the bones and I always ask him, are you a dog? He doesn't get offended a bit. =)

                                      1. re: Monica

                                        So I modify my statement. Don't compare a woman to a dog. Generally not a positive thing, but who knows, maybe its ok now. Would it offend you if the positions were reversed with you and your husband? Next thing I know, it won't be bad to refer to someone as coyote ugly. But I digress.

                                3. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                  When a person who endeavors to stay thin, as so many of the Asian women who say such things to others do, I think it's reasonable for anyone to think that it's not such a well-meaning statement when they tell someone else they are fat. :)

                                  If you know anything about generally Asian culture, then you also know that many Asian women can do the passive aggressive jab like no one's business. ;)


                                  Yet Another Asian Food Blogger ^^

                                  1. re: inaplasticcup

                                    Ok.... this is getting a bit convoluted. I don't think this can be explained in 1-2 statements. What I can say is that it is not offensive when an elder say that to a younger Asian woman.

                                    It can be offensive, if it is a equal age woman to say that to one and other. This is why I said to Pookipichu that it is more about "It is about old to young."

                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                      I think that's an awfully broad statement - that just because an older person says it to a younger person that it's necessarily well meaning.

                                      It's not that convoluted.

                                      Old people can be offensive, annoying, and not so well meaningly passive aggressive. It happens.

                                      1. re: inaplasticcup

                                        <just because an older person says it to a younger person that it's necessarily well meaning.>

                                        I guess you have to take it up to that older person then.

                                        <Old people can be offensive, annoying, and not so well meaningly passive aggressive.>

                                        Annoying? Probably. "Not so well meaning" I have to disagree, but I think we will just have to disagree because there is no way for you or me to prove this by writing a few exchanges here and there.

                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                          Really, ck? Given the spectrum of human experience, does either one of us have to prove the possibility of either of our statements? ;)

                                          1. re: inaplasticcup

                                            Ok.... I want to apologize and I want out. :(

                                            Please forgive me, and let me go.

                                    2. re: inaplasticcup


                                      Yet Another Asian Food Blogger ^^>

                                      You are Asian? You didn't say. :)

                                      Anyway, you are biased, so your opinion shall be counted less.

                                      <If you know anything about generally Asian culture, then you also know that many Asian women can do the passive aggressive jab like no one's business. ;)>

                                      Why on Earth would your grandmother wanted to throw passive aggressive jabs at you? You must have been a bad girl. I am just saying.

                                4. re: LotusRapper

                                  I think people used to say that because everyone didn't have enough was basically saying, you are still alive and well!

                                  1. re: Monica

                                    <I think people used to say that because everyone didn't have enough was basically saying, you are still alive and well!>

                                    That is certainly not what it meant.

                                    1. re: Monica

                                      The old Chinese euphemism was to say "you're looking prosperous" when someone gained weight, surely a reference to times past when there was not enough food to go around.

                                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                                        I think you have interpreted it differently.

                                        The Chinese uses different greeting phrases for different situations. If a person is getting a thinner, then they have a different greeting. If a person is getting fatter, then it is another greeting. The phrase of "you're gaining luck or fortune" is just one of the many.

                                        It is most noticeable when they hire a "praiser" for wedding. You break dishes during a wedding. They will say "May you have peace year after year" for the broken dishes.


                                        For a middle aged man gaining weight, they will say "You are acquiring fortune". The same man losing weight, then they will say something along the line of being healthy or looking young, like "老當益壯"

                                        It isn't like the Chinese ONLY praise a person when he/she gains weight, and criticize a person when he/she loses weight. If that is the case, then your logic is correct, but that isn't the case. They praise you no matter what.

                                  2. re: Pookipichu

                                    I don't think all cultures value food equally. You know how sometimes in the US you'll meet someone who says, "I hate food", or "I wish I didn't have to think about eating" or "I wish food came in pill form". I never once encountered that in East Asia.

                                    1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                      My cousin who is Korean used to say that, I hate food. I wish i didn't have to eat.

                                      1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                        In east asia, the ones who say that do not venture outside for you to hear. ;-)

                                      2. re: Pookipichu

                                        < Love of food + big appetite = more Asian bloggers and yelpers?>

                                        That, and plus that Asians love social media.