In today's column from luxury magazine, Monocle, we learn about the autonomous Jewish town of Birobidzhan and how it is looking forward to a better future with the help of Chinese investments.

Monocolumn is Monocle's daily bulletin of news and opinion. Catch up with previous editions here.

The highlight of the specials on the menu at Fanza, a restaurant in Birobidzhan, the capital of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region is wild boar. Hardly kosher but it’s very popular with the locals, most of whom aren’t Jewish.

The civic sculptures of Stars of David and Hebrew writing on the walls of the local government mask the fact that there are hardly any Jews left in the homeland Stalin established for Russia’s Jewish population in 1928, in a remote corner of Siberia near the border with China.

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