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  1. one-of-five

    Perhaps the owners of the restaurant should look at the actual history of the opium dens or “smoking bars” in early modern Shanghai that they romanticize? Places that were run by criminal syndicates, that were synonymous with brothels, where girls in abject poverty from the countryside and the city were trafficked, where addicts smoked themselves into oblivion and eventual illness and death. Places that were summarily closed down with the Communist takeover because they symbolized the exploitation of the poor and the corruption of the authorities in the name of profit. Nice image for your cool restaurant!


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