Updated 7 years 4 months ago

For my inquiry project, I can imagine that I will be interacting with the locals working at the tea plantations. I hope to be able to connect with them through my topic (tea culture) and understand their work around the plantation. I wish to be allowed to help them with the picking of the tea and the making of the process from the green leave to dried leaves we see in stores. Since I will be concentrating on tea and its affect to the Bai minority, I hope to be able to talk with the local villagers on their daily tea practices.

Updated 5 years 6 months ago

My knowledge on tea to the Bai minority is very limited. I know that the Bai minority is the largest minority group in Dali, Yunnan. Their tea ceremony is one of their most important rituals. It is both a cultural ceremony and a way to welcome guests. I also have heard of the saying 一苦二甜三回味 (First time bitter, second time sweet, third time after taste) and know the direct meaning of the saying. I learned this knowledge from my Chinese teacher a few years ago as well as from the research on the internet.

Updated 7 years 3 months ago

Evolution of tea practices through time:

1950 - 1960 (Childhood Years)

When he was young, Mr. Duan (retired government official)  likes to do the "kaoca" way of preparing tea. He thinks this way of preparing tea brings out the strongest taste in the tea. Mr. Duan always does this early in the morning, during breakfast time. In the past, food is prepared over a fire, the fire is then used to prepare the kaoca tea. When he was small, Mr. Duan remembers his parents and grandparents preparing tea the exact same way. 

Updated 5 years 9 months ago

Main thesis: For the Bai people, the practice of drinking tea is preserved through time, but how to prepare the tea has evolved with each new generation.

The audience for this is anyone who is very interested in tea, or enjoy drinking tea. I think that they should be the people most suited as an audience.

About This Learner

Hi, my name is Sabrina and I'm currently a Sophomore at Shanghai American School. I was in the Alpha Pilot Group of Microcampus two years ago studying Bai minority tea culture. At first, my project was focused on studying minority tea practices, but my focus slowly changed as I realized one of the most interesting aspect of tea culture is the effect tourism has on it today. Please feel free to look through my blog posts and project! The Friends of Xizhou club this year hopes to bring projects related to Microcampus to SAS High School. For the current and future Microcampus group, good luck! You have a short but amazing four weeks ahead of you and there could not be a better place then Xizhou for Microcampus.