Migration and Diasporas
Chinese Herbal Tea has a long history and it is consumed as a tonic by the Chinese for health reasons. The use of a variety of herbs to distil herbal essence has led to the rise of the Chinese herbs wholesale market and herbal tea industry. Apart from China, Chinese communities throughout the world have continued to consume Chinese herbal products and herbal tea. In recent years, with the rise of western cosmopolitan medicine and among the younger generation, consumption of Chinese herbal products and herbal drinks has been declining. Today, with the new wave of consumption of natural products, herbal products and herbal tea has been given a new lease of life.
The Belt Road Initiative, in addition to the focus on massive infrastructure development, also focuses on various developments. Among them is the focus on transnationalising traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese herbal tea which constitutes part of traditional Chinese medicine has embraced this development with enthusiasm.
This paper, using the network capital theory, explores the herbal tea industry in Hong Kong and how it connects to its primary source in Guangdong and its attempts at globalisation and reaching out to the Chinese communities globally.