Tea Shops

   Tea shops are an essential part of social life in Burma, places for refreshment, conversation, and just passing the time. Business is often conducted in these shops, and in a society where the state-run mass media have little credibility, they are good places to swap rumors or political opinions. For this reason, Military Intelligence informers are frequent customers.
   The tea is usually served with milk and sugar, though thin Chinese tea is also provided free of charge. Tea shops also sell a wide variety of tea snacks, usually Chinese- or Indian-style, along with other items, such as cigarettes. Some tea shops are quite elaborate, but others, especially in the villages, are little more than open-air stalls equipped with small wooden tables and chairs.
   See also Tea Shop Incident.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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