On the news
this morn (see date in upper corner) I saw a fluff story
. They have opened a coffee shop
inside the Forbidden City
. I was aghast! All I could think of was the episode of the Simpsons
where all the stores in the mall are turned into Starbucks shops.
I was also reminded of the movie the Seventh Seal
, and many bible stories
. Surely this is the begining of the end. The Chinese
, as I understand it, are fiercly national
. The Forbidden City is arguably one of their greatest national landmark
s. The one bright spot in this travesity
is that Starbucks is not allowed to display signage outside the shop, so at least a small amount of dignity
has been retained.
For the Chinese government to stoop to such corporate
pandering seems odd to me. Are they that desperate for foreign trade
? China has a history of self reliance
and independence from foriegn influence. Will they culturally absorb Starbucks like they did the Mongols
Starbucks truly has their mitts in everything. I won't be surprised when I see their banner ad
over the pale olive drab
banner of E2.