Who Invented Chai? Well, It’s Complicated


Tea is warm, nurturing and perfect for digestion after a massive carb-loaded meal. And for many Americans, specifically those in diaspora communities, tea is how they connect with family and their roots. But for many societies around the world, tea has a bit of a complicated history – and it traces back to colonial empires.

Learn more here:
NPR. “How Tea + Sugar Reshaped the British Empire.” https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/04/07/396664685/tea-tuesdays-how-tea-sugar-reshaped-the-british-empire

BBC. “The Dark History Behind India and the UK’s Favourite Drink.” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36781368

USC. “How Tea Shaped the Modern World.” https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/how-tea-shaped-modern-world

Music tracks courtesy of APM and Audio Network.

Presented by: Sana Saeed
Edited by: Michael Zipkin
Animations by: Chia Liu
Produced by: Sana Saeed, Kathryn Wheeler and Omar Duwaji
Senior Producer: Imaeyen Ibanga
Executive Producer: Sarah Nasr

Music tracks courtesy of APM and Audio Networks.
Footage and images courtesy of Getty.

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