SINGAPORE – The banana is a fruit widespread to Singaporeans, being uncovered year-spherical in markets and supermarkets, and in well-liked snacks these sorts of as goreng pisang (banana fritters) and fried banana balls.
However should you requested individuals from numerous cultures in South-east Asia concerning the approaches they eat and use bananas, you may find that they produce other tales to convey to – each numerous and acquainted.
The research of how individuals relate to vegetation and use them of their households and cultures is acknowledged as ethnobotany.
It’s on this topic that SayurStory, a floor-up initiative, hopes to unite Singaporeans and home helpers through conversations and issues to do based round foodstuff and the all-natural surroundings.
Its founder Leong Man Wei, 22, talked about that she obtained this idea from working together with her helper, with whom she has a close to romantic relationship.
“Throughout that interval, I obtained an need in gardening and began to debate about vegetation with my helper, which created me realise how loads she understood as a result of reality of her cultural heritage and ordeals once more dwelling,” mentioned Ms Leong, a College of Artwork, Type and design and Media scholar at Nanyang Technological College.
“As quite a few Singaporeans had been turning to gardening and reconnecting with nature, together with the encouragement from Nparks, I assumed it was a finest choice to empower MDWs (migrant home personnel) to share their info and hyperlink our communities.”
With this in ideas, the workers driving SayurStory labored troublesome to create digital and in-human being platforms for helpers to commerce their tales about vegetation with Singaporeans and an individual another.
Notably, this sharing can purchase space cope with to face through ethnobotany excursions within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, co-created with home helper guides.
Members on this “Backyard of Houses” tour will discover out about typical vegetation in South-east Asia through the helpers’ private anecdotes.
Madam Hanisha Marni Astuti, 37, a helper from Kudus, Indonesia, who’s 1 of the ethnobotany tour guides, talked about: “In the course of the tour, I share personal tales linked to my way of life or beliefs that can be part of us, or the individuals all-around us, to our environment.
“I consider vegetation are a type of interplay.”