09 Oct '11, 9am

Can't decide if fauxranakans or more Peranakan than thou-s annoy me more.

Ever since the success of The Little Nyonya and the opening of the Peranakan Museum, I have noticed more and more people coming forward and claiming to be Peranakans. Liking buah keluak (even if they can't pronounce it) and owning one kebaya are enough to qualify them as one, they say. These "Cina tok tok" pretenders trying to lay claim to our rich heritage just because it's fashionable? I can just imagine my true-blue nyonya grandmothers - on both my father's and mother's side - turning in their graves. Listen, people. Being a Peranakan is not as simple as going out and buying kasut manek. Even being able to unearth a photo of a long-lost ancestor wearing a sarong doesn't automatically qualify you as one. Baba-ness is a mindset - it is both born and bred. It is not only in your blood. If you don't know the adat and sopan (go look that up) of the culture, you cannot lay cl...

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