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Why do we classify mugs from Chinese restaurants as Tiki?
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-12-18 2:01 pm   Permalink


On 2012-12-18 13:39, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
Many Chinese restaurants in the 50s & 60s had Tropical & Hawaiian decor & a full tropical drink menu
many of these also served drinks in mugs, and unless you where in a city with a Trader Vic's or
Don the Beachcomber Tiki palace etc. it was their only exposure to a Tiki style Restaurant
in much of the United States, so file under (This is Tiki)

If said Chinese eateries had a Polynesian name and decor, sure - just differentiate them as perhaps not the prime example of the genre. But purely Chinese restaurants that merely served Tiki drinks and had a couple of Orchids lamps under the ceiling do not simply become "Tiki" because of a deficiency of real Tiki temples in the area - just like Buddha mugs don't become Tiki mugs because they are the only thing left on a flea market seller's table

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