Puer Tea

Author: Jinghong Zhang
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295804874
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Puer tea has been grown for centuries in the �Six Great Tea Mountains� of Yunnan Province, and in imperial China it was a prized commodity, traded to Tibet by horse or mule caravan via the so-called Tea Horse Road and presented as tribute to the emperor in Beijing. In the 1990s, as the tea�s noble lineage and unique process of aging and fermentation were rediscovered, it achieved cult status both in China and internationally. The tea became a favorite among urban connoisseurs who analyzed it in language comparable to that used in wine appreciation and paid skyrocketing prices. In 2007, however, local events and the international economic crisis caused the Puer market to collapse. Puer Tea traces the rise, climax, and crash of this phenomenon. With ethnographic attention to the spaces in which Puer tea is harvested, processed, traded, and consumed, anthropologist Jinghong Zhang constructs a vivid account of the transformation of a cottage handicraft into a major industry�with predictable risks and unexpected consequences. Watch the videos: http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/books/Zhang_PUER_TEA_videos.html

Yixing Pottery

Author: Chunfang Pan
Publisher: LONG RIVER PRESS
ISBN: 9781592650187
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Guide to the highly popular Yixing style of Chinese pottery

The Nature Of Whiteness

Author: Yuka Suzuki
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295999551
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The Nature of Whiteness explores the intertwining of race and nature in postindependence Zimbabwe. Nature and environment have played prominent roles in white Zimbabwean identity, and when the political tide turned against white farmers after independence, nature was the most powerful resource they had at their disposal. In the 1970s, �Mlilo,� a private conservancy sharing boundaries with Hwange National Park, became the first site in Zimbabwe to experiment with �wildlife production,� and by the 1990s, wildlife tourism had become one of the most lucrative industries in the country. Mlilo attained international notoriety in 2015 as the place where Cecil the Lion was killed by a trophy hunter. Yuka Suzuki provides a balanced study of whiteness, the conservation of nature, and contested belonging in twenty-first-century southern Africa. The Nature of Whiteness is a fascinating account of human-animal relations and the interplay among categories of race and nature in this embattled landscape.

Andean Waterways

Author: Mattias Borg Rasmussen
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295806087
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Andean Waterways explores the politics of natural resource use in the Peruvian Andes in the context of climate change and neoliberal expansion. It does so through careful ethnographic analysis of the constitution of waterways, illustrating how water becomes entangled in a variety of political, social, and cultural concerns. Set in the highland town of Recuay in Ancash, the book traces the ways in which water affects political and ecological relations as glaciers recede. By looking at the shared waterways of four villages located in the foothills of Cordillera Blanca, it addresses pertinent questions concerning water governance and rural lives. This case study of water politics will be useful to anthropologists, resource managers, environmental policy makers, and other readers who are interested in the effects of environmental change on rural communities. Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voiLZkIWNU4

Conjuring Property

Author: Jeremy M. Campbell
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295806192
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Since the 1960s, when Brazil first encouraged large-scale Amazonian colonization, violence and confusion have often accompanied national policies concerning land reform, corporate colonization, indigenous land rights, environmental protection, and private homesteading. Conjuring Property shows how, in a region that many perceive to be stateless, colonists - from highly capitalized ranchers to landless workers - adopt anticipatory stances while they await future governance intervention regarding land tenure. For Amazonian colonists, property is a dynamic category that becomes salient in the making: it is conjured through papers, appeals to state officials, and the manipulation of landscapes and memories of occupation. This timely study will be of interest to development studies scholars and practitioners, conservation ecologists, geographers, and anthropologists.

Tea

Author: K.C. Willson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401123268
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Tea is a unique crop and, incidentally, a very interesting and attractive one. The tea bush, its cultivation and harvesting do not fit into any typical cropping pattern. Moreover, its processing and marketing are specific to tea. Thus the Tea Industry stands apart and constitutes a self contained entity. This is reflected in the title given to this book, Tea: Cultivation to consumption, and its treatment of the subject. The book is logically planned - starting with the plant itself and finishing with the traditional'cuppa'. Every aspect of tea production is covered, inevitably some in greater detail than others. However, it gives an authentic and comprehensive picture of the tea industry. The text deals in detail with cultural practices and research, where desirable, on a regional basis. The technology of tea cultivation and processing has been developed within the industry, aided by applied research which was largely financed by the tea companies themselves. This contributed to a technically competent industry but tended to bypass the more academic and fundamental investigations which might bring future rewards. The sponsorship of research has now widened and the range and depth of tea research has increased accordingly. The editors and authors of this book have played their part in these recent developments which are well reported in the book.

Organic Sovereignties

Author: Guntra A. Aistara
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295743123
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This first sustained ethnographic study of organic agriculture outside the United States traces its meanings, practices, and politics in two nations typically considered worlds apart: Latvia and Costa Rica. Situated on the frontiers of the European Union and the United States, these geopolitically and economically in-between places illustrate ways that international treaties have created contradictory pressures for organic farmers. Organic farmers in both countries build multispecies networks of biological and social diversity and create spaces of sovereignty within state and suprastate governance bodies.�Organic associations in�Central America and Eastern Europe face parallel challenges in�balancing�multiple identities as social movements, market sectors, and NGOs while finding their place in regions and nations reshaped by world events.�

Tea In China

Author: James A. Benn
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
ISBN: 988820873X
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Tea in China explores the contours of religious and cultural transformation in traditional China from the point of view of an everyday commodity and popular beverage. The work traces the development of tea drinking from its mythical origins to the nineteenth century and examines the changes in aesthetics, ritual, science, health, and knowledge that tea brought with it. The shift in drinking habits that occurred in late medieval China cannot be understood without an appreciation of the fact that Buddhist monks were responsible for not only changing people's attitudes toward the intoxicating substance, but also the proliferation of tea drinking. Monks had enjoyed a long association with tea in South China, but it was not until Lu Yu's compilation of the Chajing (The Classic of Tea) and the spread of tea drinking by itinerant Chan monastics that tea culture became popular throughout the empire and beyond. Tea was important for maintaining long periods of meditation; it also provided inspiration for poets and profoundly affected the ways in which ideas were exchanged. Prior to the eighth century, the aristocratic drinking party had excluded monks from participating in elite culture. Over cups of tea, however, monks and literati could meet on equal footing and share in the same aesthetic values. Monks and scholars thus found common ground in the popular stimulant—one with few side effects that was easily obtainable and provided inspiration and energy for composing poetry and meditating. In addition, rituals associated with tea drinking were developed in Chan monasteries, aiding in the transformation of China's sacred landscape at the popular and elite level. Pilgrimages to monasteries that grew their own tea were essential in the spread of tea culture, and some monasteries owned vast tea plantations. By the end of the ninth century, tea was a vital component in the Chinese economy and in everyday life. Tea in China transcends the boundaries of religious studies and cultural history as it draws on a broad range of materials—poetry, histories, liturgical texts, monastic regulations—many translated or analyzed for the first time. The book will be of interest to scholars of East Asia and all those concerned with the religious dimensions of commodity culture in the premodern world.

The Rise Of Tea Culture In China

Author: Bret Hinsch
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442251794
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This distinctive and enlightening book explores the development of tea drinking in China, using tea culture to explore the profound question of how Chinese have traditionally expressed individuality. By linking tea to individualism, Bret Hinsch’s deeply researched book makes an original and influential contribution to the history of Chinese culture.

The Wild Truth Of Tea

Author: Shana Zhang
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1940085055
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This book is more than how to brew a cup of tea – it is a tea education you won't find anywhere else. Dive deep into the guts of the tea industry from the perspective of true insiders in the tea industry. Most tea drinkers never realize the depth of the story behind each cup. This book illuminates what even people who are in the tea business may not know. Packed with nitty gritty, real life stories and unearthing gems of knowledge about the tea business, this book reveals the deep inner workings of the tea business and maps out who the real players are and what they are really doing, as well as what you can do about it. Shana Zhang comes from a tea family and has a background unlike any other author on tea. She has worked for the largest tea export company in Yunnan and now runs her own venture, Wild Tea Qi. People travel from all over the world to directly partake of her in-depth knowledge of tea. JT Hunter has been working tirelessly in the field to support the last true tea artisans and shed light on the importance of biodiversity and the truth behind the tea business. This book is for the tea lovers, the tea newbie, the tea connoisseur, and anyone in the business of tea. Reading this will make you reassess everything you think you already know about tea. You thought tea was healthy – and it can be – but in the first half of the book, the industry-insider authors expose the appalling truth of how the tea most people drink is produced and distributed. The second half of the book explores the deeper reasons about why we brew tea, which will ultimately inform how you brew it. This book will change the way you buy and drink tea. Shana Zhang worked in the largest tea exporting company in Yunnan Province, China. She and J.T. Hunter now run their own tea company, Wild Tea Qi, specializing in only premium, truly organic tea leaves from ancient, wild tea trees, and they operate their business from a holistic, traditional Chinese medicine perspective. J.T. Hunter is the author of another book on subjects similar to this new one, which is also well worth reading.