Tead Off wrote:
Thai Chinese and Dai are 2 different things. The Dai are an ethnic group in Yunnan, some probably migrated to Myanmar, Laos, & Thailand. But Thailand is the only one that doesn't share a border with China and to my knowledge, there are no native tea trees here. Thai Chinese would be somebody like yourself, a mainland Chinese who settles in Thailand. Many of these here, mostly Chao Zhou, and drinking imported teas and Northern Thai oolongs.
There is 1 shop that opened here last year that sell only Puerh tea. One day I visited the shop, walked in, and, there was no one there. I stood there browsing the teas for 15 minutes and no one came. I called out. Finally, I left.
Actually when I said "Thai Chinese", I meant Dai. They share the same ethnic and cultural root as Thai in Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. And the "Chinese Thai" I mentioned is a Dai whose recent ancestors emigrated to Thailand, unlike many native Thais who have been in Thailand for many generations.
But actually all these could sound quite confusing. I was translating an article recently and wasn't sure whether to put Dai people as Dai or Thai Chinese. By putting it as Dai, there is one more strange word. But now after reading your comments, I do feel Dai sounds less confusing than Thai Chinese.
As for puerh in Thailand, I feel eventually those puerh companies will manage to market puerh in Thailand, if they try hard enough. If they see a market, they will go for it. There are already Muslim grade puerh produced now to cater to Malaysian Muslims.