In America, Spam is a bargain basement canned hog meat that only extremely poor people eat. The thought of eating it is so unpalatable the word got borrowed by computer programmers for junk email, pointless texts, and useless forum messages posts. Why? Both those and the real Spam were essentially unwanted items.
Think of it this way. If you gave a girl a bouquet of roses and a gift basket of Spam on Valentines Day, she would sniff the flowers and blush. Then, she would look at the Spam tins and become confused. Then, she would like become angry at start throwing the metal cans at your face and head — all while screaming “I hate you! Please die!” She would have rather had gourmet Belgian chocolates and not American mystery meat.
However, opinions about Spam are not the same outside the USA. If you such a gift to a South Korean, they would be touched and honored. They would not try to bludgeon you to death with said Spam tins. Why? Spam is a common holiday gift South Korea. South Koreans love this pork product more passionately than Americans. This mystery meat has a special history in this country. Quick synopsis: it has everything to do with the Korean War. The American military supported the south. As part of that cultural exchange, the US was introduced to taekwondo. South Korea was introduced to Spam. So much so, local housekeepers on American military installations would try to steal it when sneaking around pantries.
Two paragraphs into this blog post, and somebody might say, “Interesting. Really. But what does this have to do with Changzhou?” I found a place that actually sells Spam.
This is obviously being imported with a Korean sense of mind, not an American one. The fonts on the labels are in both English and Korean. This was not one of the only “Scarce in Changzhou” thing I saw here. There was also …
Green apple flavored yogurt from Poland. This is only the second place I have seen this brand. The other location wasn’t that far away, and it was in a small shop part of Xinbei Wanda Plaza. And honestly, this shop was the only place I have ever seen…
Russian chocolate. A very famous brand, I was told. And that was by an Eastern European who was not Russian.
So, where is this place? Please allow me to be circular and repost the first photo, again.
This is in Xinbei. Behind Wanda Plaza, and to the west. There is Chaohu Road that separates Wanda from the other shopping center across the street. If you follow that for like two minutes, you will see this shop. It has no English name. But, at least, you see the word “Import” in English.