Early photos of Nonyas and Babas in Peranakan Museum exhibition

Amek Gambar: Peranakans And Photography exhibition co-curator Peter Lee (left) and Peranakan Museum general manager John Teo with some works on display. Baba in a sarong kebaya. Portrait of Oei Tiong Ham. Lee Poh Neo's selfie. Peranakan bride and gro
Amek Gambar: Peranakans And Photography exhibition co-curator Peter Lee (left) and Peranakan Museum general manager John Teo with some works on display.ST PHOTO: SONG TAO PHOTOS: COLLECTION OF IVY KWA; PERANAKAN MUSEUM, GIFT OF MR AND MRS LEE KIP LEE; NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Amek Gambar: Peranakans And Photography exhibition co-curator Peter Lee (left) and Peranakan Museum general manager John Teo with some works on display. Baba in a sarong kebaya. Portrait of Oei Tiong Ham. Lee Poh Neo's selfie. Peranakan bride and gro
Works on display: Baba in a sarong kebaya.ST PHOTO: SONG TAO PHOTOS: COLLECTION OF IVY KWA; PERANAKAN MUSEUM, GIFT OF MR AND MRS LEE KIP LEE; NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Amek Gambar: Peranakans And Photography exhibition co-curator Peter Lee (left) and Peranakan Museum general manager John Teo with some works on display. Baba in a sarong kebaya. Portrait of Oei Tiong Ham. Lee Poh Neo's selfie. Peranakan bride and gro
Works on display: Portrait of Oei Tiong Ham.ST PHOTO: SONG TAO PHOTOS: COLLECTION OF IVY KWA; PERANAKAN MUSEUM, GIFT OF MR AND MRS LEE KIP LEE; NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Amek Gambar: Peranakans And Photography exhibition co-curator Peter Lee (left) and Peranakan Museum general manager John Teo with some works on display. Baba in a sarong kebaya. Portrait of Oei Tiong Ham. Lee Poh Neo's selfie. Peranakan bride and gro
Works on display: Lee Poh Neo’s selfie.ST PHOTO: SONG TAO PHOTOS: COLLECTION OF IVY KWA; PERANAKAN MUSEUM, GIFT OF MR AND MRS LEE KIP LEE; NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Amek Gambar: Peranakans And Photography exhibition co-curator Peter Lee (left) and Peranakan Museum general manager John Teo with some works on display. Baba in a sarong kebaya. Portrait of Oei Tiong Ham. Lee Poh Neo's selfie. Peranakan bride and gro
Works on display: Peranakan bride and groom in traditional attire at a doorway.ST PHOTO: SONG TAO PHOTOS: COLLECTION OF IVY KWA; PERANAKAN MUSEUM, GIFT OF MR AND MRS LEE KIP LEE; NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Amek Gambar: Peranakans And Photography exhibition co-curator Peter Lee (left) and Peranakan Museum general manager John Teo with some works on display. Baba in a sarong kebaya. Portrait of Oei Tiong Ham. Lee Poh Neo's selfie. Peranakan bride and gro
Works on display: Boat Quay and the Singapore River from Government Hill (Fort Canning).ST PHOTO: SONG TAO PHOTOS: COLLECTION OF IVY KWA; PERANAKAN MUSEUM, GIFT OF MR AND MRS LEE KIP LEE; NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE

Amek Gambar: Peranakans And Photography traces how photography grew in South-east Asia and highlights the group's experimental spirit

A section of a new exhibition at the Peranakan Museum shows photos of a Baba wearing a sarong kebaya, a Nonya dressed as a Baba and a man who probably spoke no Mandarin posing like a scholarly Chinese gentleman.

A Peranakan man is a Baba while a woman is a Nonya.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2018, with the headline 'Snapshots of the Peranakans '. Print Edition | Subscribe