July 29, 2020
The Council on East Asian Studies has awarded the Williams Prize to Tiana for her senior thesis, “A Changing Tea Culture, A Changing China: Variations in Conceptions of Gift Tea Among Tea Sellers.” Drawing on interviews with twenty tea sellers based in three Chinese cities, the essay examines how the cultural and economic meanings of tea in guanxi relations have changed in reaction to both a demographic transition in the tea industry and the 2013 anti-corruption campaign. Tiana’s Williams Prize interview can be found here. She is grateful to Jeffrey Alexander, her advisor.
Tiana received the Paul H. and Brigitte P. Fry Cup from Ezra Stiles College for excellence in the arts and the Gordon Barber Memorial Prize from the English Department, as well as the Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship for Poetry. She has also been interviewed by the Yale Alumni Magazine. Read more here.