Green with milk and sugar : when Japan filled America's tea cups

Title
Green with milk and sugar : when Japan filled America's tea cups / Robert Hellyer.
Author
Hellyer, Robert I.,
Publication
New York : Columbia University Press, [2021]
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Details

Description
xiv, 283 pages : illustrations (black and white); 24 cm
Genre/Form
History.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Introduction -- The Foundations of Teaways in Japan and the United States -- Tea Amidst Civil Wars -- Making Japan Tea -- The Midwest-: Green Tea Country -- The Black Tea Wave Hits America -- Daily Cups Defined-: Black Tea in the United States, Sencha in Japan -- Conclusion.
ISBN
  • 9780231199100
  • 0231199104
LCCN
2021003017
Author
Hellyer, Robert I., author.
Title
Green with milk and sugar : when Japan filled America's tea cups / Robert Hellyer.
Publisher
New York : Columbia University Press, [2021]
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary
"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, Green with Milk and Sugar shows how the interconnections between Japan and the United States have influenced the daily habits of people in both countries. Hellyer explores the forgotten American penchant for Japanese green tea and how it shaped Japanese tastes. In the nineteenth century, Americans favored green teas, which were imported from China until Japan developed an export industry centered on the United States. The influx of Japanese imports democratized green tea: Americans of all classes, particularly Midwesterners, made it their daily beverage -which they drank hot, often with milk and sugar. In the 1920s, socioeconomic trends and racial prejudices pushed Americans toward black teas from Ceylon and India. Facing a glut, Japanese merchants aggressively marketed sencha on the home and imperial markets, transforming it into an icon of Japanese culture. Featuring lively stories of the people involved in the tea trade-including samurai turned tea farmers and Hellyer's own ancestors-Green with Milk and Sugar offers not only a social and commodity history of tea in the United States and Japan but also new insight into how national customs have profound if often hidden international dimensions"-- Provided by publisher.
Other Form:
Online version: Hellyer, Robert I. Green with milk and sugar New York : Columbia University Press, [2021] 9780231552943 (DLC) 2021003018
Branch Call Number
382.4137 H
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