"Chinese" Tea

Last week I went to a school and taught some kids. In the few minutes before the class, I chatted with the principal. She asked if I would like a hot drink while I waited, and I gratefully accepted.

From the other room, she called out, “coffee or tea?” Tea, please, I told her. I heard another woman in the office commenting on how “foreigners like Chinese tea.”

Then the principal returned with my hot “Chinese” tea. Lipton.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. Lipton, lol~~
    i am also interested in it “why many foreigners like Chinese tea?”.

  2. Your ‘hot drink’ could have been plain water. Right?

  3. foreigners who go to china tend to like chinese things. some like them a little TOO much.

  4. Joe,

    What is that supposed to mean??

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