SINGAPORE – The banana is a fruit acquainted to Singaporeans, remaining discovered yr-round in marketplaces and supermarkets, and in widespread treats all these as goreng pisang (banana fritters) and fried banana balls.
However in case you requested people from distinct cultures in South-east Asia in regards to the methods they absorb and use bananas, you would possibly find that they produce other tales to inform – each distinctive and customary.
The analysis of how women and men relate to vegetation and use them of their households and cultures is recognised as ethnobotany.
It’s on this business that SayurStory, a floor-up initiative, hopes to unite Singaporeans and home helpers by the use of discussions and issues to do centered throughout meals and the conventional pure atmosphere.
Its founder Leong Particular person Wei, 22, mentioned that she obtained this idea from working along with her helper, with whom she has a close to relationship.
“Throughout that interval, I gained an want in gardening and began off to speak about vegetation with my helper, which designed me realise how considerably she knew since of her cultural heritage and experiences again once more family,” mentioned Ms Leong, a Faculty of Artwork, Design and magnificence and Media faculty pupil at Nanyang Technological Faculty.
“As quite a few Singaporeans had been turning to gardening and reconnecting with character, along with the encouragement from Nparks, I believed it was a finest alternative to empower MDWs (migrant home employees) to share their info and hook up our communities.”
With this in ideas, the workforce on the rear of SayurStory labored troublesome to develop digital and in-particular individual platforms for helpers to change their tales about crops with Singaporeans and 1 a distinct.
Notably, this sharing can purchase location face to expertise because of ethnobotany excursions within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, co-established with home helper guides.
Members on this “Backyard of Properties” tour will discover out about prevalent crops in South-east Asia via the helpers’ private anecdotes.
Madam Hanisha Marni Astuti, 37, a helper from Kudus, Indonesia, who’s a single of the ethnobotany tour guides, acknowledged: “Through the tour, I share non-public tales linked to my life-style or beliefs that may hyperlink us, or the individuals about us, to our surroundings.
“I think about vegetation are a form of communication.”