Archiving a cultural heritage: the Nyonya Kebaya / Nalini Dharmarajan, Azhar Abdul Aziz and Anitawati Mohd Lokman

Dharmarajan, Nalini and Abdul Aziz, Azhar and Mohd Lokman, Anitawati (2006) Archiving a cultural heritage: the Nyonya Kebaya / Nalini Dharmarajan, Azhar Abdul Aziz and Anitawati Mohd Lokman. [Research Reports] (Unpublished)


Malaysia is a multicultural society with a rich cultural heritage. It has a total population more than 21 million consisting of the Malays, Chineses, Indians, Kadazans, Dayaks, Bajaus, Melanaus, Muruts, Eurasians and aborigines (Shahar, 2000). Malaysia is multiracial, and these races live together to experiencing their own cultures and belief yet sharing it with others. Each of these cultures has vigorously maintained its traditions and community structures. They have also blended together to create contemporary Malaysia's uniquely diverse heritage. One example of the complexity with which Malaysia's immigrant populations have contributed to the nation's culture as a whole is the history of Chinese immigrants (Geographia; 2005). The first Chinese to settle in the straits, primarily in and around Malacca, gradually adopted elements of Malaysian culture and intermarried with the Malaysian community. Known as babas and nyonyas, they eventually produced a synthetic set of practices, beliefs, and arts, combining Malay and Chinese traditions in such a way as to create a new culture.


Item Type: Research Reports
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Dharmarajan, Nalini
Abdul Aziz, Azhar
Mohd Lokman, Anitawati
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > Cultural traits, customs, and institutions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > Culture
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Research Management Centre (RMC) > Institute of Research, Development and Commercialization (IRDC)
Keywords: Nyonya Kebaya, Cultural, Heritage, Malaysia
Date: 2006
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