Mandarin Restaurant Cup

Mandarin Restaurant Cup

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Original cup from The Mandarin, in San Francisco, California, a restaurant owned by Cecilia Chiang. The cup is white with a handle and features the restaurant’s original logo of a Chinese woman in Qing dynasty regalia framed within a circular design. The logo is blue in color.
Cups can tell you a lot about the Chinese restaurant. In our collection for Cecilia Chiang’s The Mandarin Restaurant, we have two kinds: one white teacup and one green tiki cup. The white teacup suggests that Mrs. Chiang served tea, a typical Chinese hot beverage, at her original restaurant on Polk Street, San Francisco. Although a Drinks section did not appear on her original menu in her Polk Street restaurant, tea is a traditional beverage that comes alongside any Chinese meal. A drinks section of coffee and tea did appear later in the Beverly Hills location.
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Object Name
The Mandarin Restaurant Menu
Restaurant Menu
overall: 7 cm x 11.5 cm; 2 3/4 in x 4 17/32 in
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Credit Line
Cecilia Chiang
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Work and Industry: Asian Pacific American Business
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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