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The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese unique to Malaysia, especially in the Straits Settlements (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) hence its other name, the Straits Chinese. Adopting selected ways of the local Malays and later, the colonial British, the Peranakans had created a unique lifestyle and customs which had not only left behind a rich legacy of antiques but its cultural influences like cuisine and language are still evident in Penang and Malacca today.

The typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago features an opulent lifestyle with many customs and traditions, antiques and collectibles of the era. In a typical Peranakan home, one finds an eclectic style that incorporates Chinese carved-wood panels and English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks.

Source: http://www.pinangperanakanmansion.com.my/

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