Ode to Bamboo

A man can sit in a bamboo house under a bamboo roof, on a bamboo chair at a bamboo table, with a bamboo hat on his head and bamboo sandals on his feet. He can at the same time hold in one hand a bamboo bowl, in the other hand bamboo chopsticks and eat bamboo sprouts. When through with his meal, which has been cooked over a bamboo fire, the table may be washed with a bamboo cloth, and he can fan himself with a bamboo fan, take a siesta on a bamboo bed, lying on a bamboo mat with his head resting on a bamboo pillow. His child might be lying in a bamboo cradle, playing with a bamboo toy. On rising he would smoke a bamboo pipe and taking a bamboo pen, write on bamboo paper, or carry his articles in bamboo baskets suspended from a bamboo pole, with a bamboo umbrella over his head. He might then take a walk over a bamboo suspension bridge, drink water from a bamboo ladle, and scrape himself with a bamboo scraper (handkerchief).

Quoted from A Yankee on the Yangtze . William Edgar Geil. London: Hodder and Stoughton. 1904. In Yangtze Patrol . Kemp Tolley. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press. 1971. Page 268.


The Oregon Bamboo Association has created a page devoted to documents concerning Bamboo and some of our corporation documents. You may navigate to this page by clicking on the Downloads title above.

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For an overview dealing with different gardening aspects of Bamboo, the Home Gardening TV Channel has just such a program on their website at:,1806,HGTV_3842_13468,00.html

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