Peranakan means ‘locally born’, while ‘Baba’ or ‘Nyonya’ is how one would address a male or a female who is of Chinese descendant but lives amongst the local Malays.
History has it that this unique culture began when foreign merchants found love and home on lands they traded goods in. It is in the coming together of the Chinese heritage, practices and traditions with the local Malays, that birthed what we now refer to as the Peranakan.
Evidence of the Peranakan culture dates as far back as the 15th Century. Although the presence of Chinese merchants was most prominent in a great number of Peranakan stories, you will find that other races are incorporated within the Peranakan culture as well.