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Peranakan

Peranakan, Baba-Nyonya (娘惹) and Straits Chinese (after the Straits of Malacca) (土生華人) are terms used for the culture of the early Chinese immigrants to Malacca on the Malay Peninsula, who intermarried with the Malay population, and later spread throughout the British Straits Settlements to Singapore and Penang.

Their language, Baba Malay[?], is a dialect of the Malay language, which contains many Hokkien words. However, only members of the older generation still use it in daily life.

See also: Malaysian Chinese, Overseas Chinese

External Link

Penang State Museum (http://penang.insights.com.my/museum/html/baba.htm)



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