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Peranakan – Part 1: History

I believe the term, Peranakan rings a bell as recently, there was a popular local drama series about the lifestyle of Peranakans which has just been broadcasted on television and has received many positive responses. Well, here’s some information for all you readers to have a deeper understanding of the history of Peranakans.

Peranakans are the descendants of late 15th and 16th century Chinese immigrants to the Nusantra region during the Colonial era. According to a legend back then, the Emperor of China sent a princess to the Sultan of Malacca as a token of appreciation for his tribute to them. Those that followed along with the princess were a group of royalty and servants, who first settled down in Bukit Cina and eventually grew into a class of Straits-born Chinese which is now known as the Peranakans.


Due to economic hardships suffered by them in China, many Peranakans mainly immigrated to 3 different countries: Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Those that embraced the local customs, while still retaining some parts of their culture are known as the Peranakans. Peranakans normally have a certain degree of royal blood as during the period of imperial China, most immigrants were men who married local women. Peranakans at Indonesia, held a higher degree of royal blood as they are almost physically different from the local population. For example, Peranakans are very fair as compared to local Indonesians who have a copper tan.

After reading the above, I hope you get a deeper understanding of the origin of Peranakans and for those who are looking for products that are related to this culture, fret not! At Qua, we have lacquerware products with unique Peranakan paintings painted beautifully on it.

Peranakan Set - low res
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