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Why do we classify mugs from Chinese restaurants as Tiki?
Brandomoai
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Posted: 2012-12-19 08:04 am   Permalink

I think we can all agree that these mugs, and maybe even the Benihana-style mugs are an off-shoot. Not Tiki, but not unrelated. I have a small section dedicated to these vessels, which are much more common here than real Tiki or Polynesian-themed mugs. The context blurs the lines of what is and isn't Tiki; history, use in classic Tiki establishments, etc. "Tiki mug" has become too much of an umbrella term in the general, eBay-selling, populace. We're not the general populace, and by being a part of this forum we have an obligation to keep it at least somewhat academic.

 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2012-12-19 09:47 am   Permalink

Sometimes it's because the Chinese restaurant calls their bar a tiki bar.

Such as China Inn in San Diego (Pacific Beach). They use mugs that can be found in tiki and Asian restaurants.

Our Bar:
The Tiki bar at China Inn boasts full bar service including many beer selections as well as wine and spirits. Specialty drinks here are favorites as well. Enjoy Polynesian drinks like the Mai-Tai or the rum, gin and brandy flavored Scorpion. For brave souls, the Suffering Bastard is not to be missed. A popular China Inn specialty is the Volcano, a rum-based drink that is large enough to share with friends and will make your visit here unforgettable.

Fong's Pizza in Des Moines, IA is a Chinese/Italian fusion restaurant and they serve tiki drink's. Their signature mug is definitely Asian in style, but cool. Unfortunately Fong's has been closed since November due to a flood. Look at the their drink prices! Half of what we pay in Los Angeles. fongspizza.com/menu/tiki


Then there is Wang's in San Diego and their Derek Yaniger designed and Tiki Farm produced Fu Manchu. You can buy the mug on the Wang's website.
http://www.wangsnorthpark.com


The Good Luck Bar in Los Angeles has an over the top kitschy Oriental theme and it serves tiki drinks in themed ceramic mugs.



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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2012-12-19 09:55 am   Permalink

Do I consider them tiki? No, not unless the mug is shaped like a tiki.
I do like the Wang's and Fong's mugs.
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2012-12-21 9:48 pm   Permalink

Found at a goodwill this evening. There is an interesting thread on T C on the Kuo Wah restaurant.






 
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Cool Manchu
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Posted: 2012-12-22 07:18 am   Permalink

Even though a few mugs have been posted, it's abundantly clear to me why we collect them. They are friggin' awesome!

 
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Cool Manchu
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Posted: 2013-01-11 7:36 pm   Permalink

Sorry for the large images. I don't have any that are nearly as cool as the previous ones posted...





These two are from the Imperial Palace in San Francisco.




Holiday Inn - Financial District - San Francisco



Hong Kong Bar - Century Plaza Hotel



Kuo Wah - San Francisco



Chiam - Chicago


 
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naugatiki
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Posted: 2013-03-17 4:20 pm   Permalink

Here's one from 1981 in a restaurnt called Oriental Terrace that seems to have a tiki wing in it and takes pleasure in warning the danger of the cocktail.




 
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SandraDee
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Posted: 2013-10-24 09:44 am   Permalink

Recently I was contacted by the National Museum of American History with the Smithsonian Institute via my personal thrifting blog with regards to my donating some mugs from The Mandarin to an upcoming exhibit entitled “Sweet and Sour: Chinese Food from Chinatown to Main Street.”

This exhibition tells a history of Chinese food and restaurants across the United States. Cecilia Chiang and her restaurant The Mandarin is an important part of their exhibition, since she ushered in a new era of Chinese food with a particular specialty from northern Chinese cuisine in the 1960s.

Although the exhibit blog has not been updated since August you can still read about the progress of this particular exhibition here:
http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/osaycanyousee/sweet-sour/

I know I have quite a few mugs from Chinese restaurants including all the ones from The Mandarin and by the looks of some of the posts on this thread so do some of you so that is why I posted this on this thread.

I am not sure when the exhibit will open but I do know that along with it a second exhibit will be placed in their traveling museum and made available to schools across the country--kind of like a museum tour bus.

The mugs I donated will appear in both exhibits and include the tall geisha mug and the green bucket.




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White Devil
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Posted: 2013-10-24 10:31 am   Permalink

I'd like to get a mug or two from The Lonely Panda...




    
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-10-24 11:07 am   Permalink

That looks like The Original Pantry in LA.



 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-10-24 11:12 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-10-24 09:44, SandraDee wrote:
Recently I was contacted by the National Museum of American History with the Smithsonian Institute via my personal thrifting blog with regards to my donating some mugs from The Mandarin to an upcoming exhibit entitled “Sweet and Sour: Chinese Food from Chinatown to Main Street.”

This exhibition tells a history of Chinese food and restaurants across the United States. Cecilia Chiang and her restaurant The Mandarin is an important part of their exhibition, since she ushered in a new era of Chinese food with a particular specialty from northern Chinese cuisine in the 1960s.

Although the exhibit blog has not been updated since August you can still read about the progress of this particular exhibition here: http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/osaycanyousee/sweet-sour/

I know I have quite a few mugs from Chinese restaurants including all the ones from The Mandarin and by the looks of some of the posts on this thread so do some of you so that is why I posted this on this thread.

I am not sure when the exhibit will open but I do know that along with it a second exhibit will be placed in their traveling museum and made available to schools across the country--kind of like a museum tour bus.

The mugs I donated will appear in both exhibits and include the tall geisha mug and the green bucket.

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SandraDee, that's pretty cool. I hope the traveling exhibit makes it's way out West.
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SandraDee
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Posted: 2013-10-24 11:34 am   Permalink

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SandraDee, that's pretty cool. I hope the traveling exhibit makes it's way out West.



Me too! If they contact me with an update on that I will post it here. From the items they have managed to obtain thus far it looks like it will be a pretty interesting exhibit so I hope I get to see it.

San Francisco has so many old Chinese restaurants and many serve exotic cocktails--it would be cool to learn more about their history.


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2013-10-24 1:19 pm   Permalink

SD, TLB stole my words. Keep up the coolness!
David
Btw,show the mugs they’re using please.


 
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SandraDee
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Posted: 2013-10-24 1:47 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-10-24 13:19, nui 'umi 'umi wrote:
SD, TLB stole my words. Keep up the coolness!
David
Btw,show the mugs they’re using please.





I just took these photos Cool Manchu posted of the same mugs I sent to them:





 
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Bongo Bungalow
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Posted: 2013-10-24 3:01 pm   Permalink

Miss Dee is in great demand... coast to coast.



 
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