Singapore Paranakan culture can be traced to their links in Malacca, Singapore, and Penang. Originally from the southern provinces of China, the immigrants travelled south to Peninsula malaysia, inter-married and created a distinct culture Paranakan,
According to Laura Wee, Nyonya is the term for women and Baba for men. These terms apply to the populations of Chinese descent in the British Straits Settlements and the island of Java and other locations, which have adopted the Nusantara customs and most have lived for generations along the Straits of Malacca. Paranakans are usually educated and are able to speak the father’s language and mother’s dialect.
We have a number of members who are Parankans. Some of whom I know include Kenneth Tan, Agnes Seow, Sue Chan, Laura Wee and Catherine Soon. I also remember Ronald Wie. Keys words associated with Paranakan include Malacca, Penang, Phuket, Paranakarm food, baju kebaya and the sarong.
Since our first fashion parade, and for a long time, I have wanted to gather the Parankans together. We shall form the Paranakan group now, and if you are Parankarn, please whatsapp “Paranakan” to +65 9489 4360. We shall gather you together to share your family history, culture, traditions, dress and food.