>Why do Americans insist on using chopsticks whenever they eat any sort of Asian food?
You don't have to ask for chopsticks or cutlery, either/or at most tables in America. They're both on the table already or offered. No cheapness.
Chopsticks are an acceptabl way to share appetizers without touching other items on the plate. It's like the child's game of Operation, and if you're good at not getting the buzzer you're not cross contaminating with the people you are dining with. You can reverse the sticks to make the unlicked ends as your serving spoon too, place on your plate and then enjoy after turning your sticks around. Getting a serving spoon sometimes requires a prompt of your waitstaff.
Chopsticks are also a way to enjoy something that is more than 1 actual bite, because it's taboo to bite off food and hold the second half in your fork in the air, but perfectly ok etiquette while holding it together in the grip of some chopsticks.
It doesn't fall apart. Not all food is bitesize, like a shumai.
>Everyone in Europe just eats with a fork and knife and the Asian restaurant owners don't care.
Really? Everyone only uses cutlery? That sounds exaggerated and so not true.
You don't speak cantonese or whatever, so I know you don't really pretend to understand the kind of talk disrespectful restaurant staff can and does say about their patrons. They talk shit, for sure and they're judging your manners, your clothing, and your lack of apparent class, just not to your face. They're from class societies. People not caring about controlling how you eat is one thing, but finding your manners acceptable is another. Chinese people eat like pigs, fact, but Japanese people are offended and extremely judgy, if you don't respect their ways of dining.
Do whatever you want, and if you want a spoon at the same time as chopsticks, with your long noodles, and to hold them both overhanded like a toddler, you live your life by your rules!