Tea is in many ways the drink of the immigrant.
In Thailand, it is known that most of the Thai diaspora are descendants of early immigrants that have come from Chinese and Indian roots with many influences coming from these cultural integrations that originally stem from the merchant classes. When migrating abroad to make trades, what was cherished was often left at home. But what remained were the elements of everyday life, and tea was something present in the lives of these people from start to finish.
These migrations came not just because of the merchant trade but also with the relocation of people in the area from the aftermath of the war. Southern Indians in close proximity to Sri Lanka may be influenced by drinking Ceylon Tea on a daily basis, and when they migrated they took this tea, which was always common in the colony. For the southern islands of Indonesia, Malaysia, and in Bangkok, Ceylon Tea used to be in the form of tea sold by the Thai Malay. And in Myanmar itself, this tea is widely available because of its proximity to India and Sri Lanka.
In Europe, England was the first country to introduce tea due to its benefits and they accepted tea consumption much faster than other countries. English traditional tea mixes many kinds of tea; taking the good parts of each tea to mix well to their liking with the first tea originating from China. Last but not least, there is a myth and history of tea in different places around the world. Tea couldn’t travel if not for the people bringing it. It has demonstrated the evolution of migration, and travel; bringing new cultures and economic development in various ways. The key was to confirm the existence and the origin of the immigrants and those travelers.
Nowadays, we can see tea in almost every style in Bangkok. Chinese tea is derived from Chinese immigrants. Indian tea is available from Indian and Pakistani immigrants. British tea comes from the export of goods and consumption of people of status. Green tea has arrived with the popularity of the Japanese. Thai tea has developed from many kinds of tea to a taste and color that Thai people like and find affordable. Drinking tea reflects the lifestyle and taste of its drinkers. However, we don’t find ourselves despising the lifestyle and taste of others as well. Tea culture does not insult and discriminate the way of life and the performance of others.
Bangkok Tea Project is a representation of artists who tell the story of themselves that they are not genuine, but rather, are only the descendants of immigrants from many ethnic backgrounds who live under the citizenship of their habitat, as if they had been relocated to their place of residence and adapted to their own needs. With a culture that survives.