Mandarin Restaurant Cup

Mandarin Restaurant Cup

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
The Mandarin Restaurant Menu
Restaurant Menu
Menu
Cup
cup
Measurements
overall: 7 cm x 11.5 cm; 2 3/4 in x 4 17/32 in
ID Number
2011.0115.01
catalog number
2011.0115.01
accession number
2011.0115
Credit Line
Cecilia Chiang
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Work and Industry: Asian Pacific American Business
Food
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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