Damn Chinese

Daniel Hirschman did send a link today to a Reuters press release about our wonderful city called Treviso. It goes like this:
The local government of Treviso, in northern Italy, has ordered the city’s Chinese restaurants to remove red lanterns from their windows because they look too “oriental”.
“It’s spoiling the appearance of the city,” the head of the council’s town planning department, Sergio Marton, told Corriere della Sera daily.
“The Chinese put up all sorts of stuff: lanterns, lions, dragons, there’s even one (establishment) that did its whole front in oriental style.”
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“Treviso is a city of Veneto and Padania, it’s certainly not an oriental city,” deputy mayor Giancarlo Gentilini said, justifying the order to take down the lanterns within ten days.
Great.