Jay Sokolovsky, Ph.D., Anthropology Department Chair, College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
This research examines the belief systems, knowledge base and practice of Southeast Asian-Americans residing on the West Coast of Florida. The importance of traditional ecological knowledge in the cultivation of home gardens as relocated venues for cultural preservation of migrant horticulturalists is illustrated. Data collection methods include: participant observations, semi-structured interviews, geospatial mapping, and identification of key food and medicinal plant species. Home gardens serve as reconstructed landscapes for immigrant populations by stimulating cultural preservation of plants used in traditional healing, thus space providing a venue for the intergenerational transfer of traditional knowledge. Transported landscapes require traditional ecological knowledge regarding floral identification, uses, and cultivation practices. Home gardens provide sustenance, and a source of pride. This study seeks to demonstrate the preservation of cultural heritage and integrity as it documents the cultivation of flora significant to this population.
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Munim, Lauren A., "Home Gardens as Transported Landscapes: Ethnobotanical Encounters with Southeast Asian- American Horticulturists" (2013). USFSP Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate). 153.