Wednesday, December 16, 2009

News - Sarikei (Episode 4) on Astro AEC, 20th Dec 9pm . Part 2

And now the teaser for the eagerly awaited episode on Sarikei this Sunday. How often do you find a whole episode dedicated to Sarikei? Here's a translation of the Mandarin synopsis found at the facebook group of this series.

Sarikei pepper farm, 2009
Source: Astro AEC


A mention of Sarawak conjures up images of pepper. The state of Sarawak was previously known as the Pepper Kingdom in the world. The major pepper farming district is Sarikei, 4 hours drive from Kuching.


Sarikei was previously well known globally as the Pepper Village. In the early 20th century, Sarikei had attracted droves of Cantonese and Foochow immigrants to engage in farming. Over the years, the generations of Chinese living here had participated in and witnessed the development of Sarikei in economic and social areas through determined hard work.

Sarikei pineapple plantation, 2009
Source: Astro AEC

除了胡椒,泗里街也以出产香甜的黄梨见称。《家在胡椒之乡- 砂拉越泗里街华人的生存故事》通过两位拥有数十年种植胡椒经验的胡椒园主及一对热爱种植黄梨的兄妹来看泗里街华人在种植业的发展,并了解胡椒和黄梨种植业的兴衰。

Besides pepper, Sarikei also produces fragrant and sweet pineapples. This episode, "Home in the Pepper Village - The life of Chinese in Sarikei, Sarawak", followed two farmers with 10+ years of pepper farming experience and a pair of siblings who are passionate about pineapple planting to understand the development of farming in Sarikei and the trials and tribulations of pepper and pineapple farming.


Under the guidance of Yu Yue-Sheng 余悦胜, Vice President of Sarawak Chinese Culture Association, we stepped into the history of Chinese migration into Sarikei from Southern China. Through the Chinese still living in the historic Wharf Road, we aggregated the Sarikei Chinese's collective memories of this century-old town.

Sarikei Iban longhouse, 2009
Source: Astro AEC


After the Chinese from Southern China had settled down in Sarikei, some of them inter married with the local Ibans. This film recorded the story of one Cantonese who inter married an Iban and grew up in an Iban longhouse. Mr. Chen Qiulao 陈求老 is now more than 80 years old and was formerly the longhouse leader. We saw the Chinese and Iban culture interacting harmoniously.

Sarikei mee suah noodles, 2009
Source: Astro AEC


In the early 20th century, numerous Foochow came to Sarikei for development. Today the Foochow operated traditional barber shop and handmade Foochow mee suah noodles have become one of Sarikei's characteristics. The barber who inherited his father's craft and barber shop has become part of Sarikei's living history. The mee suah noodle maker who kneaded dough for his noodles from dawn has used both of his hands to carry forward the Foochow culture.


Sarikei Chinese had taken root in this piece of land for one century. They experienced testing times and never gave up holding onto their ancestors' cause for the economy, society and culture.

播映日期:20/12/09,星期日,晚上9时,Astro AEC (301频道)

Broadcast date: 20/12/09, Sunday, 9 pm, Astro AEC (Channel 301)

After you have watched the episode, you can discuss your reviews at the Sarikeian discussion forum at Facebook. How many popcorns will you rate the show...or rather how many kacang putih will you bestow?

1 comment:

Nelson said...

I thought I will miss it. Now, my friends are so to watch the show this Sunday. Here, we will vote with nasi kerabu, nasi dagang and nasi minyak.

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