This Is Yishun:
Not Cursed

Here’s the truth behind the meme.

Graphic: Joni Sng via This Is Yishun

We’ve heard the stories. We’ve laughed at the jokes. (Even Netflix has been making fun of it.) But how many of us have bothered to find out if Yishun’s really jinxed, or just misrepresented?

Twenty-five NTU students took the plunge and spent a month investigating the “dark side” of Singapore, in a project that culminates in a photo exhibition this weekend.

Held at Yishun Park Hawker Centre on Nov 4 – 5, This Is Yishun features photos of ordinary residents, shop owners and community groups. The goal: to uncover the community behind the reputation and dispel the notion that the estate is dangerous or strange.

Here’s a sneak peek of what they discovered, through the eyes of residents reacting to Yishun memes.

Yishun Residents React To Mean Yishun Memes

[YISHUN RESIDENTS REACT TO MEAN MEMES]No one really cared about the feelings of Yishun residents when they made those mean memes. We did. Here's how they feel about their hometown. #ThisIsYishun- Video by: Joni Sng, Melissa Chan, Nursyakir Taher

Posted by This Is Yishun on Friday, 20 October 2017

 

The exhibition showcases some of the area’s vibrant communities, like the extreme sports groups that gather at a heartland skate park.

Made up of schoolmates and bikers who got to know each other at the park, BMX bike group Team SKRT ride the ramps and obstacles alongside skateboarders at Yishun Street 81. The group name is based on the sounds made by the bike tires as they skid across the concrete.

Their usual training time is every weekend from 2pm to 7pm, so you could swing by after checking out the exhibition and try to spot them practising their stunts.

Team SKRT biker by This Is Yishun
A member of Team SKRT practises at a heartland skatepark. The boys can spend up to 12 hours at the park during their school holidays. Photo: Neo Rong Wei via This Is Yishun

If you’re heading down on Saturday, be sure to sign up for the afternoon Instawalk conducted by instaSG’s Instagrammers of the Year 2017 Cheryl Chew (@helloocheryl) and Veronica Ang (@veronang). You’ll get to explore hidden parts of Yishun from Chong Pang City to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, and snap some This Is Yishun photographs of your own.

On Sunday, you can enjoy free Yuen Shi Dian (Origin Point Therapy) massages from local provision shop owners Mr Lim Yow Hoon and Madam Lo Moi Kee, and have a chat with them about their life in the estate.

Mr Lim Yow Hoon, 61, and his wife Madam Lo Moi Kee, 55, offer free Yuen Shi Dian massages to residents who live near the provision shop they run. Photo: Leanne Chua via This Is Yishun

“We hope that this exhibition will allow the public to know Yishun for what it is,” said Fabian Loo, one of the event’s co-organisers.

“Yishun’s small communities each tell a unique story, and together, form a bigger picture of togetherness we should all learn to appreciate.”

Head down to Yishun Park Hawker Centre to check the stories out!

Exhibition Details

Venue: Yishun Park Hawker Center
Date: November 4 – 5, 2017
Time: 10am – 5pm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thisisyishun
Facebook event page: bit.ly/thisisyishun

Special Programmes

Instawalk @ Yishun
Date: Nov 4, 2017
Time: 2.15pm – 4.45pm
Sign-up form: bit.ly/IGwalk
For more info, check out the Facebook event page.

Yuen Shi Dian Massage and Introduction
Date: Nov 5, 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Activity area at Yishun Park Hawker Centre

Venue

51 Yishun Avenue 11 (Google Maps)
Singapore 768867

Directions by MRT & Bus:
Drop off at Yishun MRT Station. Go to the bus interchange. Take bus 806. Ride three stops. Alight at the bus stop in front of blocks 349 and 350 along Yishun Avenue 11.

Carpark:
Two floors of carpark lots are available above the hawker centre. Take the lift down to level one of the building to reach the hawker centre.