2014 Golden Comic Award for Best New Artist
Tamsui, 1865. After becoming a treaty port following the Tianjin Accords of 1858, Tamsui is flooded with ambitious entrepreneurs. After studying the climate of Taiwan, the Scotsman John Dodd is optimistic about the future development of the tea industry in Taiwan. He sets up a firm in preparation to grow and export tea. Around the same time, Li Chun-Sheng arrives from Xiamen. His proficiency in English allows Chun-Sheng to become Dodd’s assistant, but they find themselves facing disinterested local tea farmers, obstinate government officials, cheating business partners, among many other difficulties. Despite the odds, they manage to struggle on and make real names for themselves in the history of tea industry in Taiwan.
While A Teatime Adventure tells a simple story, Kiya Chang’s skillful use of dialogue and character makes this story about the distant past not only informative, but also interesting and engaging for contemporary readers.