C-A41 (2019)

Tea for Strangers and Appreciation

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The Hakka tea-serving culture originates from Hakka people’s hospitality by offering travelers tea to quench thirst and take a break. This work is participated by local residents in Dawo, who have personally made the tea bowls as a symbol of welcoming and expressing gratitude to their guests. The stream of white sand flowing from the ceramic jars nurtures innumerous lives in Dawo. Through this work, the artist hopes that the Hakka spirit of hospitality remains never-ending like the river water, and will be carried on through generations to come. 

I-Han WENG is a potter, merchandise designer, and an elementary school art teacher in Dawo, Dahu Township, Miaoli. She is dedicated to the Hakka culture and the research of regional culture and history, for which she has been collecting records and writing the village history. This project comprises teacups and chairs co-created with participants from the local area. The project aims to represent the early landscape of irrigating rice paddies with water from ancient irrigation canals, a practice that has brought together and sustained the community of Dawo. With the blessings and protection of nature and gods, the project demonstrates the spirit of cherishing one’s blessings and being content with life, while embodying the hospitality of the Hakka community by foregrounding the Hakka spirit of tea serving.

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