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Peranakan and Baba-Nyonya (traditional Chinese: ????; Hokkien: B?-b? Niû-liá) are terms used for the



descendants of the very early immigrants to the Nusantara region, including both the British Straits

Settlements of Malaya and the Dutch-controlled island of Java among other places, who have partially adopted Malay customs in an effort (chronological adaptation) to be assimilated into the local communities. While the term Peranakan is most commonly used for those of Chinese descent, whose are also known as Straits Chinese (????; named after the Straits Settlements), there are also other, comparatively small Peranakan communities, such as Indian Hindu Peranakans (Chitty), Indian Muslim Peranakans (Jawi Pekan) and Eurasian Peranakans (Kristang).[1]

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