>The Chinese restaurant near my apartment has a ginormous fresco of Mao. Mao is surrounded by a number of smaller paintings of peasants working the fields. I have no idea what the owners were thinking. Were they convinced that people would order more food in defiance? If so, I don’t think it works. I find it hard to eat while Mao is staring me down and others are slaving away for morsels, so I just avoid the whole place. (I don’t like Chinese food that much anyway, so despite the convenient location, it is not a big deal. Husband claims that I must not really be Jewish, as it is impossible to be Jewish and not like Chinese food. I also don't like rye bread, so that just gives him more fodder...)

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