Week 3: Sept. 10 and Sept. 12

Assignments: check you have done all the steps in this document by 5pm, Monday Sep. 9.

Tue Sept. 10: Tea tasting

  • Prepare before class:
    • look through the list of terms used by professional tea-tasters, and try to imagine what each of these terms would feel/taste like to you: Appendix B in Martin, Laura C. A History of Tea : The Life and Times of the World’s Favorite Beverage. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing, 2018. (PDF)
    • Eat something before coming to class (breakfast, snack,…); it will make the tea tasting experience better.
  • Tea tasting: we will try a variety of teas. Cups and tea are provided!
  • Bring pen and paper: you will take tasting notes and use this for a writing exercise.
  • Remember you can use the Pad to ask questions and share impressions anonymously before, during and after the class.

Thu. Sept. 12: Myths, legends and history of the origin of tea

Prepare before class: readings from Wilkinson, Benn, and Towler. Use this worksheet (Copy it to your own google drive if you want to fill it out electronically.)

Bring the worksheet and the texts (electronic or hard copy) to class. We will refer to both throughout class, so make sure to have them easily accessible.

  • Wilkinson, Endymion. Chinese History: A New Manual. Fifth Edition. Endymion Wilkinson, c/o Harvard University, 2018. (PDF of pp. 497-498)
  • Benn, James A. Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2015. (PDF of pp. 28-31)
  • Towler, Solala. Cha Dao: The Way of Tea, Tea As a Way of Life. London: Singing Dragon, 2010. (PDF Excerpt from Chapter 1)
  • Remember you can use the Pad to ask questions and share impressions anonymously before, during and after the class.