Author Clare Dudman is planning a trip to China. In preparation for her trip, she is learning how to hold chopsticks, but is having a bit of difficulty in maneuvering them so that she can pick up food and not have aching fingers. It took me a considerable amount of time to find a workable technique. Young Son was a total natural at chopsticks pretty early because he was fascinated with Asian culture. He has a beautiful chopstick collection. After watching him and getting tips from my sister-in-law, who used to live in Hawaii (chopsticks are big there), I finally got the hang of it.
I tried to explain to Clare in her comment section how I hold chopsticks, but I really wanted to show her pictures because explaining is just too hard. So, Clare, for you …
It gets easier the more you practice, but do keep a spork handy, Clare!
If you really need it, you could get a tattoo of chopsticks handling instructions. (Thank my darling Hubby for that advice & for finding the link. 😉 )