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Women and Tea Discussion Topic


Women and Tea Plantations Topics of Library’s
Meet-The-Author Event at UC Riverside

Piya Chatterjee will read from her book “A Time for Tea: Women,
Labor, and Post-Colonial Politics on an Indian Plantation”

(February 15, 2003)

Women and tea in India will be the topic of discussion at the University of California, Riverside when Piya Chatterjee, an associate professor of women’s studies, discusses her 2001 book, “A Time for Tea: Women, Labor, and Post-Colonial Politics on an Indian Plantation.” The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 3 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 19, in Special Collections on the fourth floor of the Tomas Rivera Library at UC Riverside.

“A Time for Tea” reveals in 440 pages how the female tea pluckers seen in product advertisements as picturesque women in mist-shrouded fields came to symbolize the heart of British colonialism in India. Chatterjee weaves personal, scholarly and artistic voices throughout the narrative, which complicates the understanding of women's labor and history at the grassroots in postcolonial societies. The work of tea as the work of women is at the heart of this story of empire. The book won the John Franklin Hope Book Award from Duke University press.

Chatterjee is a historical anthropologist with an emphasis on south Asia. She came to UC Riverside in 1994 from the University of Chicago, where she received a Ph.D. in anthropology.

Contact Special Collections at (909) 787-3233 for more details about this and other events in the “Meet the Author” series.

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