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[quote=GUESTWEN,424153]To understand why Chinese eat shark fin soup, you must know three things about Chinese culture. First, Chinese are far more superstitious than most cultures today. They believe that a certain food will affect people in specific ways even when there is no scientific evidence for that belief. In this case, they believe that shark fin helps sexual potency. And that obsession with improving sexual potency is the second aspect of their culture. In China, they even have 'penis restaurants' in which they eat the penises of different animals in the futile hope that this will improve their performance in bed. The third cultural aspect that causes them to serve shark fin soup is the need to show off. The people of some cultures are quite modest about their financial status. Chinese are not one of those cultures. You have no doubt observed that Chinese love to show off with expensive cars, homes, jewelry, and branded clothing. Having lavish weddings where shark fin soup is served is part of that. The good news is that there are enlightened Chinese, who are working to ban shark fin soup. Well, it won't turn the whole culture around, but it's a start. The bad news is that the need to show off becomes worse and worse as a minority becomes wealthier in China. See: http://www.funzug.com/index.php/unusual-things/a-wedding-in-shanxi.html You can be sure they served bowls of shark fin soup. And you can be sure their guests were suitably impressed. But you can also be sure it did nothing for them sexually.[/quote]
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