Teaching ESL teaches me many different things. You quickly learn that the world you see and know is colored by your culture’s norms. Food is a perfect example. What people eat and when they eat it varies from culture to culture.
“What do you eat for breakfast?” is a common question I ask my students. I receive a variety of answers. For example, my Korean and Japanese students have rice and soup for breakfast. Soup! To my European students and to myself, soup seems like an odd choice for a breakfast food. But why not? People can eat just about any food at any time. Our bodies don’t know the difference. However, our perceptions and taught attitudes do.
Personally, a bowl of tomato soup or miso soup seems more appareling than a donut. I might try having soup for breakfast. I won’t give up my morning coffee. However, eating different foods and eating them at different times might just lead me to a healthier diet.
Anyone for some breakfast soup?