At the invitation of Illinois State University’s AsiaConnect, Dr. T.Y. Wang, an ISU university professor and chair of Politics and Government, presented “Asian Tea and Culture” at the Normal Public Library on April 24, 2022.
Wang explained how oxidation and roasting affect the “body” of tea to about 30 participants. Using Chinese Longjing green tea and black tea and Taiwanese Oolong tea, he demonstrated the way of brewing these different types of tea and shared each brew with the audience. Due to different levels of oxidation and ways of roasting, each tea has its own flavor, taste and aroma.
The free event is a part of ISU Asian Heritage Week hosted by AsiaConnect. AsiaConnect is an association of ISU faculty and staff with a goal of promoting various cultures of the Asian community to Illinois State and the Bloomington/Normal community.