The Nonya culture is an epitome of the integration of culturally diverse Singapore with other Asian nations and cultures.
On May 17, the "TASTE OF SINGAPORE" Nonya of the New Era was open in Chengdu Museum.
As part of the "TASTE OF ASIA" Food, Culture and Tourism Themed Day during the Chengdu Panda Asian Food Festival (CPAFF), it showcases Nonya cuisine, exquisite Nonya art of embroidery and beadwork, as well as Nonya costumes featuring traditional skills and modern trends.
At the venue, Mr. Pang Chee Wee, Consul-General of the Consulate General of the Republic of Singapore in Chengdu said: "The Nonya culture is an epitome of the integration of culturally diverse Singapore with other Asian nations and cultures. Back in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1616-1911) dynasties, Chinese people in coastal areas began emigrating to Southeast Asian countries including Singapore."
"During the long course of history, the Peranakans have well inherited the Chinese culture and tradition and absorbed those of Singapore and Malaysia in the aspects of language, costume, food and life style, shaping and developing the unique Nonya culture," he said.
"I hope this is an opportunity to give the Chengdu people a better understanding of the Nonya culture," he added.
In addition to a Nonya costume show, this weekend will witness a Nonya cultural experience and a month-long cultural exhibition in Chengdu Museum. And three Singapore films will be screened next weekend at the E'mei 1958 Cinema.
"We hope to promote the Singaporean culture from diverse perspectives," the consul-general said.
On May 18 and 19, during the Nonya Cultural Carnival, Mr. Alvin Yapp, a well-known collector and curator of Peranakan antiques, was present at a workshop and shared Nonya stories and introduce artifacts to visitors.
The exhibition of Nonya culture, which lasts from May 18 to June 14 displays a variety of exhibits from the Intan, a Nonya museum in Singapore. Visitors can have a glimpse of Nonya decorative patterns through AR techniques.