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  • Archive for July, 2007

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    Australia is (literally) a penniless society and other notes from the Chinese restaurant frontier

    Thursday, July 5th, 2007

    The Australians eliminated their penny in 1991 — without too much of a fuss, so all cash transactions are rounded to the nearest five cents. Some Australians feel that Americans shouldn’t give up the penny without a fight (and indeed Americans for Common Cents seems to be holding the torch there). Other thoughts. Southern hemisphere, […]

    An explosion of Chinese restaurants in Nairobi

    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

    Ted Fackler has an piece on about how the number of Chinese restaurants in Nairobi has gone from 1 to 40 in the last decade due to the rapidly expanding Chinese entrepreneurial presence in Kenya. Official estimates put the number of Chinese in Kenya at between  3,000 and 5,000, though some put the number as […]

    Buy a Chinese Restaurant in Texas on Ebay for $63,000!

    Sunday, July 1st, 2007

     The Green Oaks Chinese Buffet in Arlington, Texas has put itself on sale on Ebay for $63,000 (until July 26, 2007), which is sort of an unusual move. Most Chinese restaurants are sold either by word of mouth or through advertising through the Chinese print media. Ebay is not the most obvious place to do a Chinese […]

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