The Assimilation of Malay Culture in The Baba and Nyonya Culture in Malacca

By Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This research is to examine and study on how far is the assimilation of the Malay culture in the Baba and Nyonya. The concentration is given to the cultural aspects which cover practices and values of Malay community that are also being practised by the Baba and Nyonya in their routines. This research used survey method, interview and questionnaire as the procedures of how this research is being conducted. Furthermore, for the research design and samples, families and individuals from the descendant of Baba and Nyonya are used. The effectiveness of the assimilation between the Malay and Baba and Nyonya culture was analysed from the perspective of practices, elaboration on the rationality and the strengths of the assimilation in the lives of Baba and Nyonya especially. Most of the proposed suggestions have connections with the efforts of maintaining the Malay culture in the Baba and Nyonya community for the all aspects in our lives and routines that are linked to the Malay world except for freedom of religion. In this research, the assimilation of Malay culture in Baba and Nyonya is seen from the aspects of management, practices and way or style of living of the Baba and Nyonya in Malacca overall.

Keywords: Assimilation, Malay Culture, Community Baba and Nyonya in Malacca

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.431-436. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 675.062KB).

Dr. Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam

Senior Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam is a lecturer at the Malay Department, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia. She completed her doctoral research on “Dyslexia from The Aspect of Reading Bahasa Melayu” in 2003 at the Language Centre, University Putra Malaysia. She has an interest in issues in intercultural discourse and communication. She is particularly interested in the relation ship between language, communication and society. Currently supervising Masters and Ph.D students in mastering the qualitative research in Malay Linguistic and the Teaching and Learning of Malay Language.

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