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'Jew's ear juice' anyone?
Itamar Eichner
Published: 29.08.10, 12:57
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1. is there nothing the chinese won't happily eat?
mike ,   israel (formerly usa   (08.29.10)
is there nothing so disgusting that the chinese won't market and try to sell for consumption?? or is this really a medicine to induce vomiting? you can never tell.
2. #1 Far-east culture is radically different
blash ,   Jerusalem   (08.29.10)
What we see as disgusting the Chinese and their Oriental brethren see as delicacies, respectful, or tolerable. Hand-drawn pornography (hentai) is plentiful in Japan and accepted. There is a Chinese dish called Yin Yang Fish where a fish will be partially cooked in order to make a part of it (the tail) edible while having another part of it (the head) move and squirm. Why do they do this? There is a large difference between the act of inappropriate sexuality and the fantasy of it in Oriental cultures - fantasizing is approached as something most people do and alright so long as it is restricted to fantasy. The Yin Yang Fish dish (in obvious contradiction to Noahide law) is used to show the customer just how fresh their fish is and that it is not days old or frozen or reheated. The West does not agree with most of these practices and considers them abhorrent. But we must tolerate them - different from tolerating Islamic terrorism because there is no intent to offend or worse with such Oriental customs. It is just cultural differences in this case.
3. "Jew's ear" is decidedly not a compliment and
Rachel ,   Tel Aviv, Israel   (08.30.10)
it is also known as "cloud ear" or "cloud fungus". Anytime the Chinese package anything they often spell English words wrong, so you can buy a package of "Jewes ear" or cloud fungus or black fungus. Jews having big ears is a Chinese myth and it is known to be an insult not a compliment. It has been shown to have medicinal properties and may lower heart rates, but make a juice out of it? Yuk.
Cameron ,   USA   (08.30.10)
Too much! Wouldn't that be a howler to come across while marching along at the market?
5. A Chinese backhanded compliment?
Cameron ,   USA   (08.30.10)
I do believe it is.
6. Pickled Jew's ear is sold in asian groceries in New Zealand
Dan the Jafa ,   Auckland, Aotearoa   (08.30.10)
Apparently it "goes very well with hot pork".
7. Its called the same here
Alistair ,   Scotland   (08.30.10)
I have picked Jews ear and eaten it,the fungus grows on decomposing elder trees.The brown fungus looks like an ear and feels like an ear too.Anyone who has eaten packet or tinned mushroom soup has eaten Jews ear
8. In one ear and out the other - bewilderment drink
Abby   (08.30.10)
Think there is something in Torah predicting this? Better check but take the wax out of your ears first. Shma juice coming soon.
9. I take this and do you have any bloody Mary and Jesus wafer?
Josh   (08.30.10)
10. Catholics waffer and wine one and Chines juice the ears?
Bobby   (08.30.10)
11. the name comes from Judas the apostle
Alistair ,   Scotland   (08.30.10)
who is said in mythology to have hung himself on an elder hence Judas ear ,jews ear
12. They weren't using them anyway
Moshe   (08.30.10)
13. Just one question, is drink a success?
leo ,   usa   (08.30.10)
14. It isn't anti-Semitism, but...
Manic Drummer ,   Madison, WI, USA   (08.30.10)
Most folks in Southeast Asia should brush up on western stereotypes. they mean no harm, but caution is in order. They should also learn a little about history. Many Asians know Adolph Hitler as a great military leader, totally unaware that he systematically murdered 13 million people, including 6 million Jews.
15. why not return the favor
Tomek ,   Poland   (08.31.10)
and name those tiny sausages after a part of their anatomy
16. Jew's Ear Juice
Dan Klein ,   Rochester, NY, USA   (08.31.10)
Did it not occur to anyone that "Jew's Ear Juice" might simply be a misspelling or mishearing of "Juicier Juice"?
17. Ear! that's not nice!
Talula ,   Israel   (08.31.10)
18. Jew's ear
David Zwartz ,   Wellington, New Zeal   (09.01.10)
The fungus commonly known as Jew's ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) was exported from New Zealand to China from the 1870s up to the 1960s, when commercial production began in Taiwan. Wikipedia says that the common name of the fungus was originally Judas's Ear, but this was later shortened to Judas Ear and, in the late 19th century, shortened again to Jew's Ear. It takes its name from the belief that Judas Iscariot hung himself from an elder tree, and the fungus commonly grows on elder trees. The trade from New Zealand was begun by a Chinese man Chew Chong (who also pioneered the dairy industry in Taranaki, North Island). There are entries about him in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, and he is in the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame.
19. The term "Jew's ear" isn't invented by the Chinese (revised)
Tianshu Ge ,   China/ Singapore   (05.17.11)
In my research on the alternate English names of the wood ear fungus, I came across your article, which I think is misleading because of the incorrect information it contains. The term "Jew's ear" originated from the latin auricularia auricula-judae and it is derived from a religious belief associated with Judas, and you can read that on Wikipedia. In China we call it, if literally translated, wood ear, and nobody even knows the Jew's ear story unless they are people like me, who happen to be researching the name of the fungus. And being a Chinese, I know very well the English ability of an average Chinese person in China - not good! Although today many manufactures find it necessary to label their products in English, they often don't care enough if the translation (done by their often amateurish translators) delivers the meaning accurately. However, in the case of "Jew's ear", it's different because this term does exist in English although even some English speakers don't know about it and find it insulting (I'm Chinese, but the first time I heard the term I was shocked). But it exists. So what do you think a Chinese who's inept in English would do when some translating softwares/engines returned "Jew's ear" as the result? They believe it and just use it. They are not even fluent in English, can we really expect them to spot the term can sound offensive? So, Jackie Eldan's guess " the juice's manufacturer must have thought that linking it to the Jewish ear would be profitable" is very off, and I'm surprised no one around her (she must have some good translators at hand right? Being the Consul-General in Shanghai) made the effort to look it up and clarify that for her! She could have look it up herself too (Hello! Wikipedia!! Easy!!!) but she didn't bother, instead she came up with this guess, which is terribly misleading to people who are equally lacking the sense of verifying things (just read the talkbacks you've already gotten). I have huge admiration of the Jewish culture especially for the way the Jewish people always embrace knowledge. That is why I am a little disappointed to see the riddle guessing on this term, which meaning and origination so plainly stated on so many sources.
20. Jew's Ear Drink
Fort Worth Jew Boy ,   Fort Worth, TX USA   (02.17.12)
The name of the fungus is actually Jew's Ear, or Auricularia auricula-judae. No anti-Semitism going on. By the way, the thing about Judaism being a symbol of success in China is true. You wouldn't believe the attention that I got in restaurants and stores wearing my small, not-flashy chai chain around my neck
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