Tomorrow, prescription March 24th, from 1:30pm until 2:30pm, the Seattle Chinese Garden will host a Han Style Chinese Tea Ceremony, presented by Mei Collier, owner of Eight Cranes. Ms. Collier is a frequent speaker at the Asian Museum in Pasadena, and at many California universities. After she heads back to California, she will conduct a tea ceremony for the Liu Fang Garden at the Huntington Library.
Cost for the event is $5 for members of the Seattle Chinese Garden, $7 for the general public. The garden is located at the north entrance of South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave SW. Contact the garden, by email or phone to make a reservation, 206.934.5219.
Excerpted from the Eight Cranes website:
Mei is native Chinese, born during the Communist era under Mao. Raised during The Cultural Revolution Mei grew up in a society that did not reward independent thoughts and ideas. Fortunately, Mei was lucky enough to see the world through the eyes of her famous parents who were actors in China. Her parents taught her to be independent, razor sharp, and to experience arts and culture by embracing them fully. Mei’s father was a famous radio and stage actor, Tong Xing Jin, who was well known for his voice and performances on stage and in movies. Her mother, Guorong Chen, was also a stage actress with the national theater company in Beijing and after moving to the U.S. worked in Hollywood films such as “Joy Luck Club”, “RedCorner”and others. Mei credits her independent nature, vivid personality and focused character to her parents.