In the modern society of today, many Peranakans have become detached from their roots, especially the younger generation. They show little interest in their culture and do not have the faintest idea of their own heritage. Some of the younger Peranakans feel that the Baba culture is chaotic and confusing. They are completely out of touch with their roots. What has caused this?We will give some insight into the heritage of the Peranakans and hopefully provide an opportunity for both young and old to get in touch with their roots. The subtitles 'Those Born Here' gives us an introduction to the Peranakans.
‘Those born here’
Often, people refer to the Peranakans as Straits Chinese and the terms, Peranakans and Straits Chinese, have been used interchangeably. There is actually a slight difference between these two terms. Straits Chinese refers to the Chinese born in the former Straits Settlements, comprising of Penang, Malacca and Singapore. A Straits Chinese is not necessarily a Baba.