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Monday, November 29, 2021

If nothing else says that communism is dead in today’s China, the arrival of a Hooters restaurant in Shanghai decidedly does.

Are the chicken wings and other supplies being flown into Shanghai International via Hooters Air?

I can see two problems with applying the Hooters formula to the Middle Kingdom:

1. Asian women, as a whole, tend to be less busty than their Caucasian, African, and Semitic counterparts. Granted, even the U.S. branches are de-emphasizing the chest sizes of late. Still, Hooters waitresses without hooters?

2. As far as the “official” source of the name “Hooters” goes, owls are traditional symbols of death and bad luck in Eastern cultures. So, the appeal of the waitresses aside, don’t be surprised if Hooters’ Chinese operations eventually go bust (pun intended).

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/29/2004 08:07:09 PM
Category: Business, Society
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  1. Wings over Shanghai
    The first Hooters restaurant in China has opened, and while I wouldn’t have thought the Chinese would have any particular problems adapting a formula that is “delightfully tacky, yet unrefined”,…

    Trackback by dustbury.com — 11/30/2004 @ 10:36:53 AM

  2. Along similar lines, I’ve always thought Wal-Mart Baghdad would go a long way toward softening hostility toward Americans.

    Comment by r* — 11/30/2004 @ 01:59:46 PM

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    Sure, you just love watching “SpongeBob SquarePants” on the old boob tube. But does that necessarily mean you’ll buy a table lamp or toilet-seat covers sporting his image?
    Well, yes, it probably does. But just because it works for s…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 08/05/2021 @ 02:33:06 PM

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