Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Humanities & Communication


1,000 Cups of Tea is a theory-based piece that discusses the experience of travel for women in light of the social changes in the last century. Experientially and ethically travel takes on many forms. It is both imperialist and exploratory, beneficial to the receiving culture and destructive of it, an opportunity to examine views of our own culture from the outside or to press our ways upon others. Though in many instances voluntary travel seeking knowledge or pleasure may seem the most shallow or synthetic of the above options, it can also have a profound effect on the traveler. These varied effects have been documented time and again in journals, letters, interviews, and published travel narrative. To properly examine travel narrative and the experience of travel one must look at not only the experience of being abroad, but the social structure that travel comes out of and the greater community it effects. Travel is as much about what happens in foreign lands as it is about where the traveler comes from in the first place. Every trip represents the conglomeration of prior experiences, cultural assumptions, social practices, personal beliefs, as well as museum visits, train rides, and new people. The self is a carry-on item, and as such, must be examined in tandem with travel itself.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Institute for Human Communication

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