The Rise of Tea Culture in China

Bret Hinsch   ·  ISBN 9781442251793
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Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
Author(s) Bret Hinsch
Published 11122015
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This distinctive and enlightening book explores the invention and development of tea drinking in China, using tea culture to explore the profound question of how Chinese have traditionally expressed individuality. Western stereotypes portray a culture that values conformity and denigrates the individual, but Bret Hinsch convincingly explodes this facile myth. He traces how emperors, scholars, poets, and merchants all used tea connoisseurship to publicly demonstrate superior discernment, gaining admiration by displaying individuality. By linking tea to individualism, his deeply researched book makes an original and influential contribution to the history of Chinese culture.
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