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Looking Outside - Baba and Nyonya wedding

Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
Baba and Nyonya wedding
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The Peranakan culture is essentially a cultural blend of mainly Chinese, Malay and some European descent, very often bearing the best of each. The Peranakan community evolved some two to three hundred years ago when Chinese traders established trade ties with the locals from the Malay Peninsula, including Singapore. Cross-cultural relationships and marriages were natural by-products when these traders married local Malay women. Peranakan, which means, "locally born" in the Malay language, was to be the name of subsequent generations of Chinese-Malays. To Westerners, they are commonly known as "Straits-born Chinese".

The early Peranakans were indeed a well-off group of people in social standing and wealth. They classified themselves as different from the common Chinese who were mainly laborers in Malaya. But as more Chinese merchants rooted themselves in the Malayan Peninsula, the Peranakans began to assimilate into the Chinese culture and thus diluting the rich heritage established by the early Peranakans. Among these are the language and beliefs. The Malay component was diluted to such an extent that the modern day Peranakans are chiefly Chinese in look and identity.

The original Peranakans were mainly from Malacca, many whom later migrated to Penang and Singapore. Though essentially the same, they are distinguishable by the nuances in styles and languages that they use. Peranakans in Singapore have developed a language called Baba Malay, essentially a Malay vernacular. Male Peranakans are known as Baba and the females Nonya. The latter has been affectionately used in describing Peranakan cuisines and fashion.




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