Evan Draper wrote:You may be interested in this ethnography:
If you aren't steeped in the language of the high academic humanities, and maybe even then, it will seem kind of loopy, but there's some solid info. Political issues (Assamese separatism) may be quite different from 2001 when the book was written.
I don't know if boycotting Assam tea will help Assamese tea workers. The video you mentioned says demand is still good, but I would imagine international competition (development of African, Argentinian tea industry and a resurgent Chinese tea industry) is decreasing margins in the Indian tea industry. You will hear people say that tea workers were well-treated when the plantations were British-administered, and once the Brits started "de-colonializing," those social protections weren't replaced. I don't know how much of that "white man's burden" stuff I believe, but any large economic shift is hard on people. In any case, it's good to try different kinds of tea. Best of luck on your tea journey.
I am not well read on the subject of the Assamese politics. Though I would like to learn more about this subject and its effect on their tea industry. I will be sure to look into the suggested reading material.
I understand the double edge sword of product boycott. The workers may be worse off without the job. Even though the job has driven them to burn the boss and his wife and death of family and friends. Losing the job may quicken the problems that caused the turmoil in the first place.
There is much to consider for me in regards to the product.
Thank you for your input on the subject.