Clever Housewife

--Informant Info--
Nationality: Chinese
Age: 18
Occupation: Student
Residence: Los Angeles
Date of Performance/Collection: March 17, 2012
Primary Language: Chinese
Other Language(s): English

The informant is recounting a Chinese proverb from home. He does not remember where he heard it.


“The cleverest housewife cannot cook a meal without rice.”

He interprets it to mean that even a skillful person cannot achieve without the proper resources.


I find it interesting that the culture cannot envision a meal without rice. This speaks to just how intrinsic to the Chinese culture rice actually is.