How Tex-pats in China Celebrate Fourth of July

Shortly before noon on Sunday, dozens of guests began streaming into Bubba’s Texas-Style Bar-B-Que and Saloon, a restaurant that serves up exactly what the name suggests out of a two-story building in a quiet residential neighborhood in Shanghai, China.

“Happy Fourth,” Ken “Bubba” Walker said, extending a thick hand to one of the expats who comes here each July to celebrate America’s Independence Day. “Grab yourself a beer and a plate of food.”

A crowd of about a hundred people filled Bubba’s throughout the afternoon, with new faces arriving just as others returned to their business in China’s largest city, giving it a vibe much like the family cookouts and neighborhood parties that would be breaking out all over Texas the next day, when the Fourth kicked off on the other side of the globe.