Saturday, July 14, 2007
Mao Tse-Tung tried to eradicate Chinese culture. He almost succeeded. Respect for tradition, however, survives. Or does it? A Starbucks in the Forbidden City has closed after a 500,000 signature petition claimed it was 'trampling on Chinese culture'. My suspicions are aroused by this line in the BBC story - 'The Starbucks branch was told it could stay open if it sold other brands but has declined.' This doesn't sound like a popular uprising, it sounds like another commie plot. So perhaps Mao succeeded. He wouldn't have any problem if he were around now. Some clever people in Colorado have worked how how we can be made to suppress memories. I am drawn to this idea. The first thing I'd do, of course, is eradicate all memories of a coffee shop called Starbucks.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:37 am