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Why do some people talk with food in their mouths?

Jan 16

Serious question, and this is coming from an ABC. My grandparents and family, along with everyone else I interact with in Asia seem to, almost universally, talk while food is in their mouths. It’s kinda gross to me, but wondering if it’s just a culture thing, or efficiency thing. And it’s not like any of them are low class; there’s money in the family but I can’t figure out why this isn’t gross in other cultures.

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    • Clover Health / Engdoenfh
      Ugh best comparison. Thank you.
      Jan 16
    • Oh this was enlightening
      Jan 16
  • Microsoft / Engbabaisyou
    Everyone else you interacted in Asia... how many people have you actually interacted with? Generalizing a bit much?
    Jan 161
    • 1.5 billion. Is that still considered “generalizing”?
      Jan 16
  • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng
    headbanger

    Broadcom Ltd.Eng

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    Intel, Broadcom Ltd.
    headbangermore
    That’s because companies like Apple started interviewing candidates during lunch. Last time I was onsite for an interview at Apple, the guy who took me to your crowded and noisy cafeteria asked me technical questions while I had food in my mouth. Freaking geeks!! In my 18 years of working in hi tech only two companies did that: Nvidia and Apple! I guess that’s the new culture in hi tech to talk while eating.
    Jan 165
    • Hehe nice try but is not an apple thing, it is an Asian thing. They speak with full mouth a lot
      Jan 16
    • Someone got rejected... sorry bud
      Jan 16
    • Amazon ChiknTikka
      Interviewing during lunch is a bottom of the barrel practice.
      Jan 16
    • No it’s not, it’s supposed to be more of a “get to know you” kind of part of the interview. But I agree technical questions during lunch are dumb.
      Jan 16
    • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng
      headbanger

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      Intel, Broadcom Ltd.
      headbangermore
      For the record, I rejected them. Not exactly the job I was looking for plus the treatment I received during lunch 😂 And the job was in Bay Area. 10% hike in TC doesn’t cut it over there.
      The lunch interviewer wasn’t Asian. The one at Nvidia was though.
      Jan 16
  • Microsoft / Engcouscous
    Cultural, but not expect variations even within the same community. I'm Indian, & I was always told not to talk while eating.
    Jan 160
  • Oracle 🔴vs🔷
    It’s a cultural thing. I didn’t know it was rude until a white guy told me it was in high school. I go on a lot of dinner dates and I find it hard not to talk with food in my mouth because I want to talk but I don’t want my food to get cold so now I still talk sometimes and just cover my mouth with my napkin. Asians love food and gathering over food so idk how on can manage to talk a lot and still eat. Seems more efficient to do both at the same time.
    Jan 161
  • Totally your fault! Stop talking to them while they are eating.
    Jan 160
  • Uber gVUa53
    More tragic is people talking with food outside their mouth
    Jan 170

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