I was born in Taiwan but grew up in Florida. As a Chinese-American I remember attending many banquets where shark fin soup was served. I never liked the taste or the texture and as a young girl, I would occasionally wonder..…what happened to the rest of the shark? I was also surprised to learn that since shark fins are cartilage, they don’t really have much flavor – so the chef has to add chicken powder or other ingredients to flavor the soup.
Traditional Asian culture emphasizes honor — doing what is right, and keeping our lives and planet in balance. We also want to make the world a better place for our children. I know that it is not the intention of my fellow Asians to wipe out the sharks of the world, and threaten the health of our oceans. They just need to get more infromation about the problem of shark overfishing and how this affects the marine ecosystem and our beloved seafood to make sustainable decisions.