Baba Nyonya Heritage: Peranakan Weddings from a Malaccan Perspective

Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books
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Baba Nyonya Heritage: Peranakan Weddings from a Malaccan Perspective was written by a sixth generation Baba, who has practiced the traditions of Peranakan weddings over a span of eight decades. During the course of his life, he observed, learned and participated in every aspect of traditional Baba Nyonya weddings – from the matchmaker’s arrival, to exchanges between the families, to the actual wedding, which comprises many small and intimate ceremonies of its own. Having been a firsthand witness and participant at the traditional Peranakan weddings of many family members (including his own), he is uniquely qualified to be the author of such an important cultural document.


The intention of this book is to document and preserve the traditions of Peranakan weddings, both in their original form and as they have been adapted over the years, in order to ensure that future generations will continue to live up to the proverb “Biar mati anak, jangan mati adat.” (Our cultural identity is more precious than our flesh and blood).

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About the author

Charles KK Chua is a native Malaccan and sixth-generation Peranakan Baba, whose love for his culture dates back to his childhood, as a member of the original family who built and dwelled in this house. As the caretaker of his family's home and its heritage, he is responsible for maintaining and preserving the physical environment, as well as keeping its traditions alive.


A highly respected and well-known retired architect, Charles is also gifted with artistic ability and a great eye for detail. He himself repairs, recreates, and re-interprets the pieces under his care, preserving the beauty and spirit of the family's collection, sometimes adapting and updating them as beautiful objets d'art. Some of the most unique pieces seen at the Malacca Heritage Centre were created by Charles himself.

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Publisher
Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books
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Published on
Jul 14, 2019
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Pages
170
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ISBN
9789674608217
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / Museum Studies
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
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