Why do some people talk with food in their mouths?

Jan 16 15 Comments

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
  • 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

      Broadcom Ltd.Eng

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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 / 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
  • 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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