EAA Global Lecture Series invites guest speakers from across the world and disciplines to talk about research questions that they have now, so to provide opportunities to get to know various perspectives arising from the researchers’ rich cultural, linguistic, and academic experience.
EAA Global Lecture Series #3:
“Green with Milk & Sugar: When Japan Filled America’s Tea Cups” by Dr. Robert Hellyer
Today, Americans are some of the world’s biggest consumers of black teas. In Japan, green tea, especially sencha, is preferred. Through an examination of the history of the Japan-U.S. tea trade, this presentation will show how these national partialities are deeply entwined. It will focus on the forgotten American penchant for Japanese green tea—often consumed hot with milk and sugar—and how it came to shape Japanese tastes. Highlighting stories of the people involved in the Japan-U.S. trade—including samurai turned tea farmers —the presentation offers not only a social and commodity history of tea in the United States and Japan but also new insights into how national customs have profound if often hidden international dimensions.
Dr. Robert Hellyer
Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University
Robert Hellyer is an Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, USA. A historian of early modern and modern Japan, he has explored foreign relations from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, research presented in Defining Engagement: Japan and Global Contexts, 1640-1868 (Harvard, 2009). He also co-organized a multi-year project that examined the Meiji Restoration surrounding the 150-year anniversary in 2018, an initiative that resulted in Robert Hellyer and Harald Fuess, eds., The Meiji Restoration: Japan as a Global Nation (Cambridge, 2020). The research and writing of Green with Milk and Sugar: When Japan Filled America’s Tea Cups (Columbia, 2021) was supported by Smithsonian, Japan Foundation, Hakuhodo Foundation, Sainsbury Institute, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.
|Time & date(s)||2021.12.09(Thu)
10:00 ~ (JST/ 日本時間)/ 20:00 ~ (EST/ アメリカ東部標準時)
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|Hosted by||East Asian Academy for New Liberal Arts (EAA) & Go Global Gateway (GGG), The University of Tokyo|
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