Evan Draper wrote:I will be in Sacto for a business trip the weekend of Mar 14-16. The library says the exhibit will be there in March, but it doesn't specify a closing date.... Dunno if I will have access to a car either.
But definitely check out that event, Owyoung is boss.
I enjoyed the little time I spent with Mr. Owyoung after one of the presentations. He is very sincere, approachable, and seemed quite genuine. His talk on the history of tea as it evolved from China to Japan and Korea was one of the most skillful, and yet complete, reductions of tea's rich history I have ever witnessed/read. In an hour and a half he covered amazing ground with clarity and patience while presenting a rich slide show to further illuminate his talk. He also, to me, came across as entirely without pomp, which I appreciate, but then again I only spent two days with him.
The exhibit may be there. I don't know. It's not a very large exhibit and is composed mostly of Ip Wingchi's very skilled calligraphy and some various tea implements from Lokcha in Hong Kong.
There are some very exciting things taking place at U.C. Davis around tea. There is currently grant writing taking place from members within the East Asian Studies program to fund a complete tea research and practice center that would combine western science with interdisciplinary research from the humanities and attempt to present also the art of tea. The hoped for outcome is for a Chinese strolling garden, potential Japanese garden, tea research center, a grown crop of various tea plants, etc. It's a very exciting prospect. U.C. Davis is known for its agriculture and strong science programs and has a really rich East Asian Studies program composed of people such as Michelle Yeh and Katherine Burnett. It could become something, scientifically, on par with Taiwan's Tea Research Institute, attracting doctorate students, etc. The basic scientific underlayment is in place with the already flourishing Viticulture department. But what I was told is that the program will be more than just science; it will include the history, context, and art of tea.
Our present plan is to be moved back to Taiwan around January or February but that plan is uncertain. If we don't fully move back we usually spend late Winter or early Spring in Taiwan for six weeks. However, if we are here while you are visiting Sacramento we'd be honored to have you to our house to connect and share tea in the tearoom. Sacramento is a somewhat "tea desolate" place, though the S.F. Bay area is nearby. If we remain in the U.S. we are looking into ways to change that.