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From Bancha to Sencha: The International Contexts of Tea Consumption in Modern Japan

November 18, 2021 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Today, Americans are some of the world’s biggest consumers of black teas; in Japan, green tea, especially sencha, is preferred. These national partialities, Robert Hellyer reveals, are deeply entwined. Tracing the trans-Pacific tea trade from the eighteenth century onward, this talk will show how interconnections between Japan and the United States have influenced the daily habits of people in both countries.


Bio: Robert Hellyer is associate professor of history at Wake Forest University. He is the author of Defining Engagement: Japan and Global Contexts, 1640–1868 (2009) and coeditor of The Meiji Restoration: Japan as a Global Nation (2020).


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This program is jointly sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and Duke’s Asian/Pacific Studies Institute. It will be co-hosted by Prof. Morgan Pitelka and Prof. Simon Partner. Please email Prof. Morgan Pitelka with any questions.


November 18, 2021
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
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Carolina Asia Center
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The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

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