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New fads can help spark interest in traditions

The modern creations at Geylang Serai Bazaar are good examples of how traditions are being revitalised to make them more appealing to our younger generation (Changing tastes of Geylang Serai Bazaar; June 11).

Though some people, including me, worry that these creations may dilute the intentions of the bazaar, we have to acknowledge their necessity in order to engage the young.

With the increased distractions of the 21st century, these modern twists are a good way to pique the interest of the young.

There is certainly a risk that the hype accompanying such creations may overshadow the traditional versions and their true meanings.

But the new fads will help increase awareness and prevent traditions from fading away or from being looked upon as irrelevant. They help to raise attention to things which the young hardly pay attention to.

For example, salted egg yolk lava and rainbow bagels will expose people to salted eggs and bagels.

When their curiosity is piqued, they may wish to try the food in its more traditional form. Perhaps they may even grow to like it, thus keeping the tradition alive.

Fads are temporary. What will last is their positive impact.

Joanne Goh Shu Hsien (Miss)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 18, 2017, with the headline 'New fads can help spark interest in traditions'. Print Edition | Subscribe