A tool at the heart of the Asian- Pacific- American experience: chopsticks.
Do you remember learning how to use them? Do you remember teaching a childhood buddy how to use them? How about teaching a co-worker?
What improvements could one think to make on this most elegant of kitchen tools? Fork, tongs, and skewers condensed down into a diptych of forms so simple that they are barely even objects? Who would attempt such a daunting reinvention?
Well, IKEA, that's who!
I picked up a package of these SMAL chopsticks this weekend. OK, so they look a little like, um, marital aids. But, hey, these little fun nubbly bumps are perfect for picking up those slippery bits of pork adobo. And you gotta love those great IKEA colors, which just drain out all the serious this- is- a- history- of- my- people pretensions that come with fancy chopsticks.
These are chopsticks for the modern APA family, no doubt. And I turn over the package and find they were designed by one Amelia Chong. You go, Asian-Pacific-IKEA-Designer girl!