The chinese eating experience is definitely not different from the West, like the east, a lot of things are discussed during meal times. In fact, i think parents uses this time wisely .. to find out things about their children.. be it a new girlfriend.. or school work and even those who are already working.
I know that my grandmother used to remind my grandfather about doing stuff during mealtimes.. like getting his term life insurance quotes or what he needs to do with his banking and of course, during Chinese New Year to change some new money for the “ang pows”. What about your family..?? do your family make use of this mealtimes .. to gather share information..??