The Authentic Taste of Puer Tea and Transnational Interests

The title of this post is the title of the paper that I’m linking to. Written by Yu Shuenn-Der, the deputy director of the Institute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica in Taiwan, the paper is basically a very good critical summary of the recent history of the puerh fad. If you’ve read this blog with any regularity in the past, it should be of great interest to you.

You can find the rest of the issue for the journal here, which includes two other papers on contemporary tea culture.


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The Authentic Taste of Puer Tea and Transnational Interests — 6 Comments

  1. hi, nice article, Ive enjoyed reading it. Just note you about “typo” , I think. p102″ e.g., the west or eat side of ” ..I believe should be “east side” . Thanks for sharing again!

  2. MattCha,

    To criticize constructively criticize the article…

    The article itself is Taiwan-centric. I understand that the point of the article was to look at how Taiwan has influenced puerh but I can’t believe that there was no mention of Malaysia. The relationship between Mainland China and Malaysia is significant and makes a greater argument for Mainland China influence.

    I also find it interesting that Korea is mentioned so much. I do quite agree with what has been said as that is true to my experience there at the time. I also understand Korea’s puerh influence from Taiwan is used to make a point but the amount of puerh imported there is insignificant compared to other countries (Maylasia, Singapore, Vietnam, maybe others like Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Russia, etc).

    Peace

    • Eh… I’m not sure about the Malaysian angle. From my memory, Malaysia always served as a market more than anything else, and the folks who spearheaded the Malaysian market also had very close ties to Taiwan. Also, these things have word limits imposed by the journals, so you can’t talk about everything

    • I’m curious about what you mean when you write: “The relationship between Mainland China and Malaysia is significant and makes a greater argument for Mainland China influence.” If the article is Taiwan-centric, that’s probably because Taiwan was/is very much the centre of development in the story being told, the globalization of puer.

      My impression is that much of the puer that has ended up in Malaysia has come through Taiwan (although this is only based on anecdotal information). As a person with great affinity for – but neither the contacts or wallet for – HK stored puer, I am very happy about the increasing availability of puer stored in Malaysia… but as for which market has been more important as a trend-setter, can there really be any doubt that it’s Taiwan’s?

      Thanks for sharing this article, MarshalN. Lots of interesting tidbits I was not aware of.

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