Linking an Asian transregional commerce in tea: overseas Chinese merchants in the Fujian-Singapore trade, 1920-1960
Browsing through Singapore Chinese newspapers such as the Lat Pau and the Nanyang Siang Pau from the 1920s, one finds advertisements placed by firms that sold mainly Anxi tieguanyin and Wuyi shuixian, two varieties of the semi-fermented wulong tea from Fujian province in southern China. The trade was destined to stay in Singapore. Even as life dragged on wearily with the end of the Japanese occupation of Singapore in 1945, one of the first advertisements to appear in the Nanyang Siang Pau came from Lim Kim Thye Tea Mercahnt, whcih proclaimed:'Welcome Allies! Celebrate Victory! Please Drink Kim Thye Tea!.