Peranakan culture has many elements and influences including those from European, Chinese and Malay sources. Here are some things you can do in Singapore to learn more about the 'Straits Chinese'!
1. VISIT: The Peranakan Museum - this heritage museum offers free tours in English, Japanese & Mandarin. Don't forget to check out the True Blue Shoppe gift shop on your way out for wide range of books, fine antique jewellery and vibrant porcelain ware. The friendly lady who works there is a gem too!
2. JOIN: Peranakan Material Culture Facebook Group - with over 2,000 members, this community is extremely active. You can see some wonderful examples of Peranakan items during the occasional 'show and tell' by Peranakan culture enthusiasts.
3. EAT: Beef Rendang, Fish Head Curry and Fried Smelly Beans...at places like DukuKala! Say hi to the amazingly talented young chef Zan Ho, who is a third generation Peranakan.
4. SHOP: Enjoy Peranakan inspired art in your home and collect unique handmade prints by artist Jennifer Lim, whose work is inspired by her multicultural heritage.
5. WEAR: Sarongs or kebaya blouses from fashion designer Raymond Wong of Kim Choo Kueh Chang in Katong. Raymond also offers courses in Peranakan beading!
There's so much to see and learn about Peranakan culture - these five are only a layer on the kueh lapis cake...so to speak! Get some for yourself at Chinta Manis!
6. Bonus! Join a hands-on Peranakan art workshop where you can learn to create your own Baba-Nyonya inspired works! All materials and refreshments are provided for a unique art experience inspired by Singapore culture.