In collaboration with Brill/Serindia Publishers

The History of Tea and Thailand’s Place in Tea History. A Talk by George van Driem



George van Driem directs the Linguistics Institute at the University of Bern, where he occupies the Chair of Historical Linguistics. He has written grammars of Limbu, Dzongkha, Bumthang and Dumi and authored the two-volume ethnolinguistic handbook Languages of the Himalayas (Brill, 2001). This February saw the publication of his colourfully illustrated and meticulously researched 2½ kg tome The Tale of Tea, a comprehensive history of tea from prehistoric times to the present day.

A history spanning several millennia and dazzlingly recounted in over nine hundred pages cannot be satisfactorily summarised in just a single lecture. Nonetheless, Professor van Driem will take us on an exhilarating jaunt past a number of high points of tea history. In the course of the talk, a few episodes will be related concerning the role of tea in the Kingdom of Siam and the interesting place which Thailand holds in the history of tea.

Date: Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Place: Open House Bookshop by Hardcover, Level 6, Central Embassy
1031 Ploenchit Road
, BTS Ploenchit Station

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The Siam Society is deeply grateful to the James H.W. Thompson Foundation for its generous support of the 2018-2019 Lecture Series.