I hadn't heard the piece about Mao being a Feng Shui devotee. Noting the sly wink of the emoticon, is there some context for a hidden joke there I'm not catching? Curious and interesting!
The suppression of gong fu tea methods seems in line with the general direction of the time (post May 4th Movement), in line with certain aspects of the internal struggle within the Chinese people of the time as evidence in the The New Culture Movement and in line with tensions and changes from the Republican era (1911-1949) to the end of the Maoist era, and, one might argue, still currently, to arrive at a stable and new sense of Chinese identity in the face of increased exposure to, and dominance by, "the West." With the suppression of Literati arts and culture under Maoist influence many arts/artists were targeted in music, Chinese martial arts (Wang Shu Jin (noted Baguazhang master) and other masters leaving from China to Taiwan, etc.), etc. So, it makes sense that gong fu tea would be targeted too, perhaps as too reminiscent of bourgeois sensibilities and not directly proletarian. I'm curious. It would be interesting to see thorough academic research on the the evolution of gong fu tea/art from the Republican era to the present day.
Mao seems in certain attributions to have been of two minds about traditional Chinese culture. It is said that he advocated that poetry in the old forms not be emulated; however, he himself continued to write poetry (actually quality poetry) reminiscent of classical forms and sentiment, even while advocating that others not follow his manner (Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry
, Tony Barnstone, pg. 354).
Does anyone know of good/complete/thorough scholarship on the evolution of Chinese tea practice and philosophy from the Republican era to the present day?
After the CR, the Gongfu ceremony was rather developed from Taiwan and kept..correct me if I'm wrong..
Much of what I've read indicates that current Cha Dao/Cha Yi got its boost from a renewed devotion in Taiwan during the 1970's as stated here: (http://www.chinaheritagequarterly.org/f ... &issue=029
). Is this your view and the current view from within China as well? At a recent talk at U.C. Davis teamaster Ip Wingchi of Lokcha teahouse in Hong Kong also indicated that Taiwan was the birthplace for the modern renewal in Chayi/Chaodao/gongfu tea.