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Translating 'Hooters'

Western businesses are flooding into China. But how do you say Hooters in Mandarin? NPR's Scott Simon tours Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown with China scholar Minxin Pei of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Pei explains a few of the Mandarin expressions used to describe American businesses. Hooters presents a particular challenge.

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