Here is the situation. One family has invited another family to eat in an upscale restaurant in Taipei. The invited family arrives. Counting the two sets of parents and all the kids, there are seven people at the table.
Pleasantries are exchanged, and everybody orders. Some light conversation begins. After some time, the children’s food comes. They begin eating. The food for the host wife comes, and then the food for the invited husband and wife come. Five minutes elapse. The food for the host has not come.
The invited husband begins to nibble at his food. He even takes a few bites.
Later upon leaving the restaurant, the invited wife says: “You were extremely rude to our hosts. You should have waited for the host husband’s food to come, and for him to begin eating, and for him to first indicate that you could begin eating, before beginning to eat.”
Question: Is this a STRICT NORM OF ETIQUETTE in these modern times?