It has been domesticated across Asia for so long, its movements have become opaque.
Tea plants—and the drinks we make from them—carry so many meanings.
Through myth-making and symbolism, the natural world comes to stand in for potent human ideals.
It took me years before I realized that I’d built my notions of beauty from the stories of a distant land.
I added it to the list of things off-limits: questions about the past, the wars, why my grandparents had fled China for Taiwan. Why eventually they left that place too.