Phase 1: Posing Real Questions

Updated 4 days 12 hours ago

If you read my Phase 0 post, which is right here, you will see that I showed how I narrowed down my inquiry topic selection and why I choose the topic I did. If you need a reminder on what topic I choose, I choose tea as my inquiry project topic. In this Phase, I will detail my prior knowledge of my topic and also create ten questions as a starting point to help further my research on the topic of tea.

I have a decent understanding of the history of tea, knowing that tea was first allegedly thought to be invented after a Chinese queen had a leaf fly into her cup of water, and decided to taste the water. The history of tea after that was that many Asian countries such as Japan and Korea also adopted the drink, making their own forms of tea such as the famous Japanese Green tea. I also know that when Europeans took tea back to their country, it became a huge hit after a certain queen popularized it in France, although I cannot remember who. Countries such as the British became very fond of tea and even nearly went bankrupt because of how much tea they were buying from China, nearly emptying their silver storages. Because the British nearly emptied their treasury, they resented the Chinese more and more and therefore installed opium into China, causing a large addiction problem and eventually two wars, both which the British won and gave British Hong Kong. I know these facts by just my interest in history, resulting in me going on youtube and looking on videos about certain parts of history, including ones about China and their tea culture. I found that tea specifically fascinated me because even though it was just a drink, it caused countries to go bankrupt and wars to start, which is pretty interesting.

The things I want to learn about tea is really how tea plants are grown and made into drinks because although I know the history of the tea very well, I do not have much understanding in the process of tea creation itself. I think I would also want to know how farmers that cultivate tea live; do they live in a house or apartments, where do they live? I would also like to know how others treat the farmers, are they high in the social hierarchy, or lower? An interesting one that I want to know is how the tea farmers think of pre-packaged tea, do they think if the pre-bottled tea is bad for the tea culture or a good way of spreading the Chinese drink around?

I had to do some background research to know a little bit more about my topic, which you can see in my Phase 3



I'm a gamer, artist, and love building stuff! I chose to join the Microcampus program because I want to become more independent and learn the lesser known cultures of China. I'm really excited to join this trip because this will be the first time that I will be away for so long. To all of my fellow trip mates, I look forward to meeting every one of you!