Melaka Kristang, aside from the popular culture
Mindfulness Creative Work
Published at : 27 Jan 2021
Melaka Kristang, aside from the Popular Culture
Melaka is being selected as the World Heritage City by the UNESCO in year 2008. Baba Nyonya Community is often portrayed as the main and popular culture heritage in Melaka. In order to let the world know more about Melaka or Malaysia as a whole, there are also minority community which contains unique own language, music and dance. The Melaka Kristang Community, that has been set at the Portuguese Settlement from 1930s in Melaka has been strived hard to maintain and preserve their own cultural heritage. They are the Portuguese and Dutch descendants from the colonisation period during the 15 centuries. Their daily life are influenced by mixed culture from their forefathers and also the Malaysian culture. Let the 3 main profile of this documentary to explain about their language, music, dance and also cuisine.
Sara Federica Santa Maria, a Kristang language preserver. Started to teach Kristang Language to the kids in the Portuguese Settlement from year 2012. Besides teaching the language, Sara also published language books and apps with the collaboration of Linguistic Studies Professor in University Malaya. She also preserve the dance and also music of the Kristang community.
Martin Theseira, a Kristang Community story teller, who tells the stories of the Portuguese Settlement and the community to the tourists, scholars and also students that come to the Settlement.
Melba Nunis, a chef in Majestic Malacca. Mainly in preserving Kristang cuisine, and tell the people what is Melaka Kristang about. With the collaboration of Majestic Malacca, there is a Kristang Culinary tour to the people who would like to know more about Kristang community. Chef Melba will bring people to the market, to teach the people how to cook Kristang food, and what is Kristang food about. Kristang food is often mistaken as Nyonya food, with the hard work of Chef Melba, more and more people now can differentiate the Kristang cuisine and Nyonya Cuisine.