• Those trading groups included the Chinese, who would start arriving in the fifteenth century, as well as Indian merchants like the Hindu Tamils and the Muslim Gujerats. The descendants of these immigrants would collectively become known as “Peranakans,” and develop their own distinct cultures identities: “Baba-Nyonya” and “Chitty,” which refers to those of Chinese and Indian descent respectively.

Photography by David Hagerman

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