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The Rise of Tea Culture in China: The Invention of the Individual By Bret Hinsch,

  • Title: The Rise of Tea Culture in China: The Invention of the Individual
  • Author: Bret Hinsch
  • ISBN: 9781442251786
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 argues thaThis 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 argues that although Chinese embrace a communitarian ethos and assume that the individual can only thrive within a healthy community, they have also long respected people with unique traits and superior achievements Hinsch traces how emperors, scholars, poets, and merchants all used tea connoisseurship to publicly demonstrate superior discernment, gaining admiration by displaying individuality Acknowledging central differences with Western norms, Hinsch shows how personal distinction nevertheless constitutes an important aspect of Chinese society By linking tea to individualism, his deeply researched book makes an original and influential contribution to the history of Chinese culture.
    The Rise of Tea Culture in China The Invention of the Individual 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 i

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    1. To cover the entirety of China s inclusion of tea into its culture in one book is a mammoth task, one that Hinsch does not tackle in this novel instead, he focuses on the symbolism of the drink in Chinese society, why it became such a meaningful and intricate part of all social classes Although tea has played an important part in many eras of Chinese history, Hinsch focuses on the Song and Tang dynasties between the seventh and thirteenth centuries which is when the inclusion and development of [...]

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