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Damn Chinese

Damn Chinese

Daniel Hirschman did send a link today to a Reuters press release about our wonderful city called Treviso. It goes like this:

The local government of Treviso, in northern Italy, has ordered the city's Chinese restaurants to remove red lanterns from their windows because they look too "oriental".
"It's spoiling the appearance of the city," the head of the council's town planning department, Sergio Marton, told Corriere della Sera daily.
"The Chinese put up all sorts of stuff: lanterns, lions, dragons, there's even one (establishment) that did its whole front in oriental style."
"Treviso is a city of Veneto and Padania, it's certainly not an oriental city," deputy mayor Giancarlo Gentilini said, justifying the order to take down the lanterns within ten days.


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ReBlogged by christian etter on May 8, 2007 at 09:49 AM Posted by christian etter on May 8, 2007 at 09:49 AM


in some ways, i'm glad i left.... lest i be stabbed to death on my way biking to fabrica... and the irony of my multicultural stay there

personally, i find it terribly offensive and shallow. i thought we had already progressed beyond that.

where would the world be today without china, just think about all those ubiquitous 'Made in China' tags

Posted by: juliana at 09.05.2007 05:09 AM

Julia and I went Yesterday to a Chinese restaurant in Treviso to have dinner. Asking the guy who takes the order what's going on he says that the crazy guys of Treviso's former mayor (our dear Mr Gentilini) have told'em to put down their "oriental" stuff already three years ago. Because three restaurants still have their red lamps outside, they are making again pressure recently.

Then he went away to bring the order to the kitchen. When he brought the beer he adds: Two days ago they came to tell me to bring away the two lions in front of the establishment (they are this big red chines lions, with a huge grins), but I told them: this are the Lions of Venice, Marco Polo and so.

And we laugh.

Posted by: Chris at 09.05.2007 10:11 AM

did u go to the one just outside the wall? that's our all time favourite! the real stuff!

oh crazy treviso, i miss it dearly.

Posted by: juliana at 09.05.2007 02:29 PM

Yeah, that one is the best one, for sure... And the same night we discovered a really nice drinking place, just opposite, on the same road.

Posted by: Chris at 11.05.2007 09:39 AM

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