The Rise of Red (Restaurants in) China

Photo: Michael Christopher Brown/Newsweek

Ah, the irony. Guess who's profitting from doing something that would've gotten them "re-educated" in a farm back in the days of the Cultural Revolution?

Here's how some clever bourgeious restaurateurs are capitalizing on the boom of nostalgia in China:

To many, the idea of a Cultural Revolution–themed dining establishment is paradoxical, since tasty cuisine was certainly not that era’s strong suit. The first “Red restaurants” sprouted in Beijing in the ’90s, offering little more than a few socialist-realist posters and food that was minimalist in the literal sense of the word. One served dandelion-leaf salad and raw cucumbers to symbolize the grass and bark that some poor Chinese ate during the hardscrabble ’60s and ’70s. Now Red-restaurant cuisine is more in line with middle-class tastes. In Mao’s hometown, “the Chairman’s Favorite”—roast fatty pork—is a must, while Red Scene offers a pricey shrimp dish for $27 alongside less-expensive cornmeal cakes and country-style bean curd.

Melinda Liu of The Daily Beast reports:

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Americans killed millions of natives, germans killed millions of europeans, romans killed millions all over civilization. Your argument is pointless as they are all aware of it, but what can the average person do? They dont have guns like we do. You call them ignorant and uneducated but you are just a hypocrite.
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