Kueh Kueh! (2015 - ongoing)
The inspiration for this project comes from the traditional Southeast Asia cake, Kueh Lapis Sagu, a type of steamed multi-colored Nyonya kueh. The Nyonyas are a people known more commonly as the Peranakan Chinese in the Southeast Asian region who are descendants of Chinese immigrants (often malay-speaking) who migrated to the Malay archipelago and British Malaya between the 15th and 17th centuries. The cake's name comprises of a dialect word, Kueh (meaning: cake), combined with the malay word, lapis and sagu (meaning: layer and a type of starch obtained from palm trees, respectively). The complexities of the name hint at the intertwined social relations within Malaya (states of the Malay Peninsula and modern day Singapore) during British colonization. This project takes a process-based approach to investigating the origins of how these cakes came to be and their histories, which are often forgotten but delicately associated with colonization in Southeast Asia.