Ms. Phong Chang has been one of the key organizers of Harvard Chinese Culture Workshop for many years. She is a famous writer known by Chinese people all over the world. She is the founding president, the incumbent president of Chinese Writers Association New England Chapter. She worked at Harvard Yenching Library for more than two decades and has published many books related to history of Chinese scholars and writers at Harvard University in China and Taiwan. The latest book: The Journey of Research at Harvard was just published by Chongqing Publishing House, in Chongqing China this year. The other two speakers were Harvard visiting scholars Dr. Zhifeng Hu and Dr. Yong Wan.
At the beginning of his lecture, Dr. Tea recalled the name of Tea and its pronunciation in different countries all over the world and draws the conclusion that Tea is originated from China and “Tea” is from his hometown Fujianness dialect Te or Tea. According to Dr. Tea, Bohea Tea is the tea produced from the Bohea Mountain of Fujian, China. The famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus first defined Tea as Bohea Tea and later on categorizes tea as Bohea Tea and Green Tea. Bohea Tea is the tea brought by Princess Catherine of Portugal to England when she marries King Charles II in 1662. Catherine is later on widely known as the first British Tea Drinking Queen, who sparked the afternoon tea drinking tradition in Europe and around the world. American President Thomas Jefferson, British Premier Winston Churchill etc are all big fans of the Bohea Tea. Poets Byron said:” I feel my heart become so sympathetic, that I must have recourse to black Bohea”. Because of the polularity of the Bohea Tea, the huge market, profit and trading difference from Bohea Tea, it also initiated the war between Nederland and England, British and China etc and later on the American Revolution due to taxation on Tea (mostly Bohea Tea) without representation. It is also the tea that is the national gift from Chairman Mao to President Nixon when he visited China to start a new era of Sino-US relationship in 1972. President Xi Jinping also speaks highly of the tea at his visit to the Buckingham Palace recently.