Tea Art as Everyday Practice: Gongfu Tea in Chaoshan, Guangdong, Today

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    Abstract

    In recent decades a style of preparing and drinking tea modelled largely on gongfu tea associated with the Chaoshan region of north-eastern Guangdong Province, China, has been taken up as a contemporary tea art in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and elsewhere. This paper draws on fieldwork conducted in Chaoshan to examine gongfu tea as contemporary practice in its home setting. Three aspects are considered: gongfu tea as an everyday practice, as a refined practice, and as commercialised leisure in tea-houses. I argue that, as an everyday practice in Chaoshan, gongfu tea primarily serves to nourish social connectedness with family, friends and associates. It is regarded as an integral part of day-to-day life rather than a tea art. However, some people separate it from the everyday world by cultivating discernment and knowledge with regard to selected aspects, such as high-quality teapots or appreciation of different teas.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)213-231
    Number of pages19
    JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
    Volume20
    Issue number3
    Early online date13 May 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2019

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