‘Beyond Borders, Across Oceans: Resilience, Resurgence and Reconnection’
The three-day event, held at Holiday Villa Subang Jaya, will kick off with a Gala Night for delegates today, which will showcase cultural dances, music and comedy. A re-enactment of a traditional Baba Nyonya wedding will also be staged.
On Saturday, a “bab-zaar” selling Peranakan crafts and other paraphernalia will open to the public.The bazaar will also play host to workshops making traditional potpourri, red paper cuttings and decorations, talks on traditional kebaya, and a cooking demonstration from Nyonya chef Debbie Teoh. There will also be stalls selling beaded shoes, jewellery, kuih and food, sarong, kebaya and more.
Organised by KL-Selangor Peranakan Baba Nyonya Association president Dr Lee Su Kim, the event hopes saw over 500 guests in attendance.Themed “Beyond Borders, Across Oceans,” Dr. Lee said the event … would expose people to the “culture, history, art and literature of Peranakan people.”
First published in Crave in the print edition of The Malay Mail on October 17, 2013. – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/reconnecting-the-peranakans-with-their-heritage#sthash.K2NDocrY.dpuf
“The youngest association to host the Baba Nyonya International Convention, Lee hopes that the Persatuan Peranakan Baba Nyonya Kuala Lumpur & Selangor will be able to fulfil their goals of disseminating knowledge and creating greater awareness about the Peranakan culture.
She observes, “The Peranakan is a unique culture that flourished during interesting times. The Peranakan people had traits of adapting, tolerance and resourcefulness. We are grateful that our culture can encompass many different cultures and take the best from each.
“Ultimately, we would like to prevent our Peranakan heritage from becoming merely a ‘museum culture’ but revive it to become a thriving, living culture for current and future generations. Like a beautiful melody or a fantastic book that you do not want to throw away after finishing it, we do not want this culture to disintegrate or only exist as plates in a museum.”
Congratulations and thank you for the hospitality Persatuan Peranakan Baba Nyonya Kuala Lumpur & Selangor!