Asian Food Week-How Tea Travels with Historians Alexander Day and Kelly Hammond

Department: Center for Asian Studies

Date and Time: February 11, 2019 | 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Event Location: Humanities Gateway 1030

Event Details

While the history of tea may have begun thousands of years ago, the saga of its rise is by no means contained to the pre-modern era. Two historians will each tell the story of a key chapter in tea history, showing how tea unlocked opportunities for economic growth in different parts of China during the twentieth century. Alexander Day (Occidental College) will discuss how shifts in tea production in Guizhou from the 1930s to 1940s impacted China’s national economy. Kelly Anne Hammond (University of Arkansas) will highlight the Japanese Empire’s use of tea as a means to create new markets in Sino-Muslim communities in northern China during the Second World War.

Alex Day, "After the Decline: Tea, Labor, and Creating a National Economy in 1930s and 1940s Guizhou, China"

Kelly Ann Hammond, “Hot commodity—Japanese tea, emerging markets in Islamic spaces, and Sino-Muslim interlocutors”

Co-sponsored by the Long U.S.-China Institute, the Department of East Asian Studies, and the Department of History

There will be a Q&A after the presentations followed by a tea tasting courtesy of 7 Leaves Tea.