TERENGGANU PERANAKAN FESTIVAL 5 – 10 June 2015

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05-10 June 2015
Kuala Terengganu Chinatown (07:30pm-10:30pm)

Terengganu Peranakan Festival Opening
Terengganu Peranakan photos exhibition
Photography contest : Terengganu Peranakan
Terengganu Peranakan street arts exhibition
Shop Deco : Terengganu Peranakan
Terengganu Peranakan night market
Street performance
Beca ride
Terengganu Peranakan Food Demo
Mek and Awang traditional cookware
Drawing contest : Terengganu Peranakan
Stage performances : cultural show
Shadow Play
Batik Sarong treasure hunt
Terengganu Peranakan traditional games
Terengganu Peranakan traditional costume
Terengganu Peranakan Heritage Trail

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瓜拉登嘉楼唐人坡 (07:30pm-10:30pm)

登嘉楼土生华人文化旅游节开幕
展示登嘉楼土生华人照片
摄影比赛 : 登嘉楼土生华人
登嘉楼土生华人街头艺术展览
店铺装饰 : 登嘉楼土生华人
登嘉楼土生华人夜市
街头表演
乘坐三轮车
登嘉楼土生华人美食演示
美娘与阿旺传统厨具
绘画比赛 : 登嘉楼土生华人
舞台文化表演
皮影戏
峇迪纱笼寻宝活动
登嘉楼土生华人传统游戏
登嘉楼土生华人传统服饰
登嘉楼土生华人文化古迹之旅

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Keunikan Baba Nyonya Melaka

KUALA LUMPUR 20 NOV 2014 - Antara pakaian tradisi  masyarakat

Nyonya mengenakan pakaian tradisional Baba Nyonya iaitu kebaya pendek dan kain sarung.

BABA Nyonya, ramai orang mengenali komuniti masyarakat minoriti yang berasal dari negara China ini. Meskipun membawa budaya hidup dan agama dari negara tersebut, namun proses penyerapan budaya yang berabad lamanya telah menjadikan masyarakat Baba Nyonya tergolong dalam kelompok yang tersendiri.

Hasil daripada proses tersebut, banyak budaya dan adat-adat Melayu nusantara telah meresap masuk ke dalam peradaban dan gaya hidup seharian masyarakat tersebut. Ia sekali gus menjadikan kelompok masyarakat ini begitu unik sehingga ke hari ini.

Selain dikenali kerana pemakaian baju kebaya pendek yang bersulam yang dipadankan dengan kain batik lepas, lagu dondang sayang dan bahasa Melayu Baba Nyonya menjadikan masyarakat itu memiliki identiti baharu yang jauh berbeza dengan budaya negara asal mereka. Malah, banyak lagi budaya Melayu yang diterima mereka termasuklah makanan serta kepercayaan.

Baru-baru ini, wartawan S2, Mohamad Athir Ismail bersama jurufoto Zakaria Idris dan Nur Aisyah Mazalan berpeluang melihat sendiri amalan kehidupan seharian masyarakat Baba Nyonya ini di Melaka.

Antaranya adalah keunikan reka bentuk rumah Baba Nyonya, sejarah kelahiran baju kebaya, penggunaan seramik dan makanan tradisional mereka.

Di samping itu, terdapat juga penafian kepercayaan terhadap warna merah yang dikatakan membawa tuah.

Ikuti kisah lanjut tentang komuniti Baba Nyonya dari aspek budaya sehinggalah transformasi pemodenan gaya hidup mereka hari ini.

 

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Kemajuan pengaruhi budaya Baba Nyonya

http://www.utusan.com.my/rencana/kemajuan-pengaruhi-budaya-baba-nyonya-1.38493
KUALA LUMPUR 20 NOV 2014 - Bilik tidur  masyarakat Baba dan Nyonya BILIK tidur utama ini mempunyai sofa yang telah berusia hampir 200 tahun.

SEJARAH telah menunjukkan kedatangan masyarakat Cina di Malaysia dan kewujudan komuniti Baba Nyonya telah wujud sejak kurun ke-15.

Melalui aktiviti perdagangan dan sosio budaya, Laksamana Cheng Ho telah membawa kira-kira 200 buah kapal yang membawa hampir 27,000 orang lelaki bujang dari negara China untuk berhijrah ke Tanah Melayu.

Namun begitu, hanya separuh daripada jumlah tersebut terus menetap di Tanah Melayu dan berkahwin dengan wanita tempatan, manakala selebihnya pulang ke negara asal.

Itulah hubungan diplomatik yang erat terjalin pada zaman pemerintahan kerajaan Parameswara yang menerima pedagang dari China di Melaka.

Sejak itu berkembanglah komuniti Baba dan Nyonya sehingga hari ini. Namun, masyarakat itu telah melalui beberapa fasa permodenan termasuklah menerima pengaruh British.

Menurut generasi keenam komuniti Peranakan ini, Cedric Tan, 49, pengaruh budaya masyarakat Melayu dan penjajah banyak menyumbang kepada pemodenan masyarakat Baba Nyonya.

“Kebanyakan orang Peranakan khususnya Cina datang ke Malaysia melalui Indonesia, namun ada juga sebahagiannya datang melalui laut dengan menyeberang Selat Melaka.

“Justeru, dari negara tersebutlah munculnya budaya berbaju kebaya seperti yang kita lihat hari ini.

“Dari situ, bermulalah era permodenan dan setelah mereka tiba di Tanah Melayu, banyak lagi permodenan yang telah dialami,” katanya ketika ditemubual S2.

Menyingkap permodenan masyarakat Baba Nyonya, komuniti tersebut pernah digelar sebagai Cina Raja pada suatu ketika dahulu.

Cedric Tan menjelaskan, gelaran tersebut wujud ketika zaman British khususnya di Melaka.

“Kebanyakan masyarakat Baba Nyonya berpandangan jauh dan demi kebaikan dan masa hadapan, mereka berbaik-baik dengan semua orang termasuk British.

“Sewaktu penjajahan British, banyak perubahan berlaku seperti cara berpakaian, pertuturan dan sebagainya.

“Nenek moyang kami dahulu menghantar anak-anak mereka ke sekolah Inggeris, sementara mereka pula belajar bahasa Inggeris di rumah.

“Jadi, mereka mahir berbahasa Inggeris dan diterima bekerja dalam kerajaan sewaktu pentadbiran British. Sejak itu, masyarakat Baba Nyonya digelar Cina Raja kerana banyak orang kami bekerja sebagai kakitangan kerajaan British,” jelasnya.

 

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Malacca’s Peranakan Chinese seek bumiputra status

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/12/11/Malaccas-Peranakan-Chinese-seek-bumiputra-status/

Thursday December 11, 2014

MALACCA: Ronald Gan’s mother tongue is Malay. His clan exchanges poems in Malay and he lives like a Malay, preferring to use his fingers rather than chopsticks when having a meal.

He is a typical Peranakan Chinese, a community steeped in Malay customs and traditions although they are of Chinese ancestry.

With their rich hereditary and Malay traits, the community said they met all the criteria to be bumiputra and hoped the Malacca government under Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron would push for the status to be granted to them.

Gan, who is Peranakan Chinese Association of Malaysia president, said that during the British rule, the English administrator awarded land deeds, known as Crown Titles, to the community and accorded them the status of sons of the soil (bumiputra in today’s context).

“Before the British, the Dutch had also placed the Babas and Nyonyas as bumiputras and awarded land deeds to the community as granted to the Malays,” he said in an interview here yesterday.

His comments followed the reported move by the state government to reconvert some tracts of land in Tengkera and Klebang that were previously awarded by the colonial powers, purportedly because the actual owners could not be traced or the existing landowners could not provide sufficient proof that these properties were owned by their ancestors.

The Peranakan Chinese, who settled in Malacca as early as the 14th century, were recognised as Malays when the Malay Customary Land (MCL) was established under the Malacca Lands Customary Rights Ordinance that was drawn up during the British administration (from 1826 to 1957).

The standard Malay language dictionary Kamus Dewan defines Peranakan asketurunan anak negeri dengan orang asing, meaning the descendants of the inter-marriage between indigenous people and foreigners.

The Peranakan Chinese are also referred to in some texts as Straits Chinese.

Gan said that as many as 200 descendants currently had in their possession land titles awarded by the British to their forefathers.

Most of these properties are said to be in Klebang, Tanjung and Bukit Rambai. In 2011, Malacca Chitty Association secretary K. Nadarajan Raja also lobbied to have the community recognised as bumiputra by the state government.

However, the Malacca Straits-born Hindus, or Peranakan Indian community, have yet to receive a response from either the state or federal governments.

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A Peranakan Museum in Phuket – Congratulations

Showcasing 100 years of hard work

PHUKET: It’s been more than 100 years in the making, but the Peranakan people of Phuket – the island’s unique Thai/Chinese community – finally have a museum to call their own.


Jody Houton

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The official opening of the Chalermraj Center (Baba Phuket)coincided with the inaugural ‘Museum Festival 2012’ that was held from September 21-23. The three-day event was held at four locations in Phuket Town, namely Thai Hua Museum, Phuket Baba Museum, Phuket Thai Hua Club and Phuket Municipality Information Centre.

Speaking at the launch of the event at the Thai Hua museum, Vice President of the Thai Peranakan Association of Phuket, Professor Pranee Sakulpipatana said, “We have been trying to open a Peranakan Museum for six years now, and are very happy to have been able to finally open it.’

She added that the former Standard Chartered Bank building in Phuket Town was a significant and very poignant choice for the museum. Opened in 1907 by, whom she refers to as one of the first original Phuket Babas, Phraya Rasda Nupradit Mahisornpakd, the Standard Chartered Bank was introduced in order to help locals receive loans and get out of debts accrued through working in the tin mines.

For Ajarn Pranee, Phraya Rasda is a great source of pride, “He still has the highest honorary title (Phraya) ever bestowed on a Baba, by HM King Rama V.

“He looked after the people of Phuket like his children. At that time, Phuket people saw Penang as a kind of London in the Far East.”

Phraya used to visit Penang frequently and apparently learned a lot from the then British colony, including vital soon-to-be introduced elements of infrastructure.

“Phuket is very small, like a full stop, but it’s a very important place as well. Because traders and sailors and those involved in the tin mines had to have somewhere to stop.”

It is for this reason among many others that she, along with thousands of other ‘Phuket Babas’, are happy at the – albeit – belated launching of the museum, even if much of the work and renovation costs were done by the community itself.

“One of the major donors – apart from the Phuket municipality – was fellow Baba, Dr Supranee Tarnsiriroj, the owner of Phuket International Hospital who donated B1 million.”

Showing The Phuket News around the impressively-organised Thai Hua museum on Krabi Road, Ajarn Pranee enthusiastically explains how she hopes one day the newly-opened Baba Museum, which at the moment is sparsely decorated, will look just as impressive.

“I have plans to one day have two floors and have lots of ideas to allow people to follow the evolution and life of a Baba. It can be interactive, everything.”

In order to do that however, Ajarn Pranee said they still needed a lot more help. She estimates that they still need about B40 million more to make what she refers to as a proper museum, and is calling on local people who profess to love Phuket to do it.

“If you say, “I love Phuket” it’s abstract. But if you do something and actually buy something for it, it’s concrete love.”

Somebody who could help turn her dream into reality is Suppakorn Poonyarith, the Head of the Bangkok-based Department of the National Discovery Museum Institute (NDMI).

This is the first time the NDMI organised the Museum Festival 2012 in Phuket. In previous years it was held in Lopburi and Chiang Mai.

“These events are all about creating relationships between the different museums in Thailand. In this particular event we have used exhibits from 30 museums in the South,” said Mr Suppakorn.

The NDMI recently donated B2 million to the Thai Hua museum in order to help with promotion, management and staff training. As such, the Thai Hua is head-and-shoulders above other Phuket museums – at least for now.

With regard to perhaps initiating a similar big brother relationship with the recently opened Baba museum, Mr Suppakorn said he would like to, but ultimately the decision would come from Bangkok.

He added though that it shouldn’t just be Baba people who are proud of Phuket’s Sino-Portuguese buildings, and its rich and colourful communities. “All Thai people are proud of Phuket, and many of the buildings, including the Baba Museum, have 100 years of stories to tell.”

http://www.thephuketnews.com/showcasing-100-years-of-hard-work-33508.php

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Recent Books on Peranakan

The peranakan culture of the old Straits Settlements of Melaka, Singapore and Penang is known all over Southeast Asia as being one of the most fascinating blends of people, traditions and values. Author Peter Wee, himself a peranakan ‘baba’, shares his knowledge of his colourful background in A Peranakan Legacy: The Heritage of the Straits ChineseThe book, filled with photographs of various peranakan treasures and artifacts, is a great companion to any reader wishing to know more about the wonderful world of the Baba Nyonya, as it stands in the past and in the present day.

A Peranakan Legacy tells its story through beautiful colour photographs depicting ceremonies, weddings and much more. The book contains wonderful pictures of household items, including porcelain, enamel and glassware; festivals, including images of peranakan New Year Cake moulds; of typical leisure activities, plus much, much more. With over 250 pages of colourful descriptions and images, the book is a must for any collection.

Kebaya Tales: Of matriarchs, maidens, mistresses and matchmakers

About the Book

Kebaya Tales is a delightful collection of short stories, teeming with fascinating and interesting characters, unexpected twists and turns, cultural rituals, beliefs and superstitions and poignant events in the life stories of the Peranakans.

Lee Su Kim’s book brings you into another world, a world that many know little about—the world of the Babas and Nyonyas or the Straits Chinese, a colourful, flamboyant and unique community still in existence today in the former Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang and Singapore. Like her previous books, Lee Su Kim’s stories in this book are laced with humour and occasional gentle satire. All the stories are based on or are inspired by real-life events which Su Kim has collected from her nyonya mother, grandmother, bibiks and nyonyas.

This is a first-ever collection of short stories of a unique cultural community, at the crossroads as to its very survival, but presently enjoying a tremendous resurgence. Su Kim’s debut collection of stories are simply stunning and heartwarming, evocative of a bygone era and a cultural community renowned for its unique multicultural legacy.

 

 

 

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The Baba Nyonya Connection

Peranakan delegates from five countries foster closer ties at annual convention

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By WINNIE YEOH, KOW KWAN YEE, CHRISTOPHER TAN and JEREMY TAN
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Photos by CHIN CHENG YEANG, CHAN BOON KAI and GARY CHEN

IT was a riot of colours when some 500 Peranakan delegates in their striking outfits sashayed in at the opening ceremony of the 24th Baba Nyonya Convention 2011 at the Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel in Penang.

The delegates, especially the Nyonyas and the Bibiks, were dressed to the nines in their baju panjang (long dress) with elaborate embroidery, batik sarung, manik (beaded) shoes, and exquisite accessories such askerongsang (brooches) and hairpins adorning their outfits.

They were from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and Thailand, including a group of Nyonyas from Takhaupa in the Phang Nga province near Phuket who looked prominent in their shorter version of the baju panjang and their elaborate hair acces-sories.

Phuket’s local historian Asst Prof Pranee Sakulpipatana, who is also the Thai Peranakan Association vice-president, said the dressing of the Nyonyas in Takhaupa was modified to suit the local culture.

Intricate designs: Delegates admiring baskets on display

She said the Peranakan community in Thailand, especially in Phuket, was actively involved in events to promote the Peranakan heritage and culture.

The opening ceremony on Saturday also saw the launch of the bookKebaya Tales: Of Matriarchs, Maidens, Mistresses and Matchmakers by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s School of Language Studies and Linguistics Assoc Prof Dr Lee Su Kim.

One of her 13 short stories Never Trust A Man Until He Is Dead, featured in the book, drew cheers and laughter from the delegates during its reading at the event.

The book won the top prize in the Popular — The Star Readers’ Choice Awards fiction category.

Convention organising chairman Datuk Tan Gin Soon said five countries took turns to host the convention annually, and the community had stood the test of time.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who graced the event, said the community was a fascinating diaspora in Southeast Asia.

Themed ‘Peranakan Philanthropy: From Family to State’, the three-day convention started on Friday with a welcome dinner held at the hotel’s beachfront, where the delegates were treated to Penang’s culinary delights.

They enjoyed performances such as a lion dance, Baba Nyonya song performances and the cultural dance joget during the dinner.

An introduction to Sang Jit, which is a prelude to a Baba Nyonya wedding, was also featured.

Rich in culture: Sang Jit, a prelude to a Baba Nyonya wedding, being performed during the 24th Baba Nyonya Convention 2011 welcoming dinner at Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel

Participants also visited heritage sites and attended a gala dinner featuring a sumptuous spread of Baba and Nyonya cuisine at the Khoo Kongsi on Saturday.

Despite the intermittent rain, the participants enjoyed the live music band performance. Various groups also got on stage to perform the joget.

Yesterday, the delegates brought a distinct Peranakan flavour to the Little Penang Street Market when they put on a treat of music and dances, with some in the crowd swaying and clapping along.

Nicely done: Delegates performing the joget during a gala dinner held at Khoo Kongsi

With the joget featuring prominently, the Sunday morning gathering was a nostalgic trip down memory lane for everyone involved.

Tan, who is also State Chinese (Penang) Association president, reflected on the fruitful convention that brought Peranakan culture to the fore.

“It’s a very good sign that there were many younger Babas and Nyonyas. We will continue our efforts to connect our communities from all over the world, and live happily as one.

“Also, the event is a good promotion for our culture, especially for tourists visiting the state,” he said.

Singaporean delegate Chan Eng Thai said that it was essential for Baba Nyonyas from Penang, Malacca and Singapore especially, to always remain connected.

Fun day: Nyonyas enjoying a morning of dance and music during the special Nyonya Baba showcase at Little Penang Street Market

“We exchange ideas at each conference, and with each community having different peculiarities, we learn to appreciate each others’ special features,” Chan reasoned.

Overall, he found it a fun-filled occasion, which proved that contrary to some views that Peranakan culture were museum pieces, it is indeed alive, kicking and well.

He also expressed a desire to visit Penang more often, not only for conventions, but for leisurely purposes as well.

For Harry Teo from Melbourne, Australia, the convention marked the first time he visited Penang after four decades.

According to him, the Nyonya Baba culture is slowly coming around in Australia, with the three-year-old Peranakan Association of Australia (Melbourne Chapter) now established on a firm footing.

The Sydney Chapter came around three months ago, with another in Perth to be set up soon, he added.

“We’ve been undertaking our own initiatives to try and keep our culture alive. We celebrate all the Chinese festivals, and use them as an excuse to get together,” said Teo.

After the showcase, the delegates went shopping for trinkets at the street market and adjourned for lunch at the E&O Hotel, before bidding farewell and returning to their respective countries later in the day.

The delegates will be meeting up again at the next convention in Malacca, scheduled for November next year.

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