Baba community is the result of marriage between a male Chinese to female Malay

Baba community is the result of marriage between a male Chinese to female Malay. Although there is historical evidence,
we should not refer to the biological factors of this intermarriage. Intermarriage between the migrant Chinese and Malay
women was important towards the creation of the “Peranakan” (straits born) culture. The society in existence now is due
to culture and its self identity and due to intermarriage. ( Joo Ee Khoo,1996:87-93) Although in general, the cultural
element displayed in the Baba community is Malay in nature, between the males and the females, it is more prominent in
the females. The males are still donning the Chinese attire (shirts and pants), however the females (known as Nyonya)
prefer donning the Malay attire, (Sarung, Kebaya and the brooches). Food cooked by the housewives is similar to Malay
food, with lots of chili, such as the use of shrimp paste, which is foreign to the Chinese in China. (Sadaoh Nasution,
1989:138)