Chinese Tea Tasting Adventure With New York Times Bestselling Author, Lisa See at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

March 30, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA–The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) has partnered with Adventures by the Book for a Chinese Tea Tasting Adventure with extraordinary New York Times bestselling author, Lisa See. Lisa See will make a return visit to the very place that inspired her to write her latest novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, which tells the story of a Chinese mother and her daughter separated by circumstances, culture, and distance.

This unique book signing with a special Chinese tea ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Chuang Archive & Learning Center in the heart of downtown San Diego. Tickets can be purchased on Adventures by the Book’s website, The ticket includes a hardcover copy of Lisa See’s newest book.  SDCHM will also offer a complimentary tour of the Museum from 6:15 pm -6:45 pm for any guests who are interested.

In Lisa See’s latest novel, she shares the customs of a Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world has revolved around the ritual and routine of tea farming for generations, and how it will soon change. Over appetizers and a tasting of traditional Chinese teas with Tranquil Tuesdays, Lisa See will recreate the adventure that inspired her latest novel and explain how she crafted The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, interweaving the classical culture of tea into the heart of her novel and her characters’ destinies.

“SDCHM is honored to host Lisa See, and we looking forward to learning more about how she was inspired to write her latest novel,” said Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, executive director of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. “Chinese tea and traditional tea ceremonies are quintessential to Chinese culture, but it is rare to find tea culture as the centerpiece of a novel. This event promises to be a great feast for the senses as we also get to taste tea from this region.”

About the Author

Lisa See has been actively involved in the Chinese American community throughout her career. She has curated various Chinese American exhibitions including an exhibit on the Chinese American experience at Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Ms. See also helped develop and curate the Family Discovery Gallery and the Autry Museum that focused on Lisa’s bi-racial, bi-cultural family as seen through the eyes of her father as a seven-year-old boy living in 1930s Los Angeles. She has designed a walking tour of Los Angeles Chinatown and wrote the companion guidebook for Angels Walk L.A. to celebrate the opening of the MTA’s Chinatown metro station.

Ms. See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001, was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in 2003, and will receive the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California this year.


Established in 1996, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) is one of few US institutions dedicated to sharing the Chinese American experience and to promoting Chinese art and culture. In 20 years as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, SDCHM has transformed a historic, abandoned building downtown in what was once San Diego’s Chinatown into a state-of-the-art multi-site museum that plays a critical role in the cultural life of the San Diego community. Over the past twenty years, SDCHM has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors, collected thousands of ethnographic artifacts, and hosted hundreds of educational programs and exhibitions. SDCHM’s mission is to educate and inspire by preserving and celebrating the richness of Chinese history, art, culture and the contributions of Chinese Americans. For more information about the museum, call 619-388-9888 or visit