Baba and Nyonya in Melaka

Posted by Tuan Rumah | 7:59 AM | | 3 comments »

In melaka, there is a race from Chinese that have been living here for a long time, they are Baba and Nyonya community..

Peranakan, Baba-Nyonya and Straits Chinese are terms used for the descendants of the very early Chinese immigrants to the Nusantara region, including both the British Straits Settlements of Malaya and the Dutch-controlled island of Java among other places, who have partially adopted Malay customs in an effort (chronological adaptation) to be assimilated into the local communities.

Baba House Museum in Melaka, Malaysia, an area where many Peranakan Straits Chinese lived.The word Peranakan is also used to describe Chinese Indonesians. In both Malay and Indonesian, 'Peranakan' means 'descendants'. Babas refer to the male descendants and the Nyonyas the female. The word nyonya (also commonly spelled nonya) may originate from the Portuguese word dona, which means 'lady'.

Most Peranakan are of Hoklo (Hokkien) ancestry, although a fair denomination of them are of the Teochew or Cantonese descent. Originally, the Peranakan were part Chinese, part Malay and part descended from the (non-Malay) original inhabitants of Singapore Island. Written records from the 19th and early 20th centuries show that Peranakan men usually took brides from within the local Peranakan community. Peranakan families also frequently imported brides from China and sent their daughters to China to find husbands. A small group of Indian Peranakans, known as the Chitty, does exist as well. Another similar group of Eurasian Peranakans also exist as Kristang people.

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3 comments

  1. Waliz // October 30, 2007 at 2:30 AM  

    very interesting info..thanks

  2. Debo Hobo // October 30, 2007 at 8:31 AM  

    As always your articles are useful and informative.

  3. Tuan Rumah // October 30, 2007 at 10:05 PM  

    Thanks girls!! really appreciate it..