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Posted on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 : 11:20 a.m.

English high tea at TeaHaus Sunday

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Before I went off to graduate school at the University of Michigan, my father gave me a beautiful blue and white Japanese teapot and a set of six small teacups that we picked up in San Jose’s Japantown. He said there is something about drinking a nice cup of tea out of a nice pot in a nice cup that you just need sometimes.

My children and I discovered this cute tea shop on Fourth Avenue one sunny afternoon, where they have a selection of 200 loose teas (including several different varieties of my favorite, Earl Grey) and a monthly English high tea. From TeaHaus’ website:

A Classic English Tea Service with TeaHaus

The 1 p.m. sitting is sold out. Call soon to reserve your spots at the 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Join TeaHaus and Cake Nouveau for a traditional English tea service complete with finger sandwiches, scones, cream jams, sweets and much more. Wear a hat, bring a friend and enjoy this classic event. P.s. Men, don’t be shy. Come along. Pointy pinkies not required but reservations are!

Sunday, December 20th, 2009. 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. $26 per person or $50 for two

To make reservations, contact 734.622.0460 or

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a second-generation Chinese American from California who now divides her time between Ann Arbor and the Big Island of Hawaii. She is editor of Asian American Village, lead multicultural contributor for, and a contributor for New America Media's Ethnoblog. She is a popular speaker on Asian Pacific American and multicultural issues. Check out her website at, her blog at, and she can be reached at


Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Wed, Dec 16, 2009 : 9:40 a.m.

Yes, there are also Chinese tea ceremony traditions. The University of Michigan Centers for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, and Korean Studies are doing a pan-Asian immersion workshop for teachers on tea and tea practices in February, but it is only for teachers. However, since the resources are here, you can contact them to find out about other opportunities or for information about how to contact the practitioners directly.


Tue, Dec 15, 2009 : 3:04 p.m.

Frances- do you know if anyone does the Japanese Tea Ceremony instruction in Ann Arbor? TIA. BTW, is there a Chinese equivalent of the Japanese Ceremony?