Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection
I can imagine lots of possible times when I can interact with the local people. Interactions with a pu'er tea expert. I think I'll be doing a lot of that, because I want to learn everything about pu'er tea including the history it of. Learning what teas are common in the host village, and through searching for them and collecting samples will provide meaningful interactions in the village. I would have to ask people and communicate with the people who live there to help me with this project.
I'm interested in investigating tea in Xizhou but more focused on pu'er tea. I decided to investigate this topic because at first I thought about investigating about tea in general, but as I researched more, I realized that pu'er tea was the tea that grows exclusively in Yunan because of the climate and living conditions. I think it is really cool that this type of tea can be grown only here in the world. This topic is important to me because I am interested in the history of pu'er tea and how it is processed. I want to find out how pu'er tea is made, where and how they grow it, and its taste and aroma. I would also like to find out the history of pu'er tea.
According to Jeanee, there are many people that I can have possible authentic interactions with including:
- The staff at the Linden Center
- Tea experts near or in the village
- Tea Farmers (if there are any)
as of March 30, 2012