Kristang: A dying legacy?

24 Feb 2013 | 3,048 views

In 1511, the Portuguese took control of Malacca and began 450 years of European colonisation of Malaya and South East Asia.

For Malaccans, a new ethnic group was born ... people of Portuguese descendants as the King of Portugal encouraged his adventures and conquerors to marry local women. This would lessen the strain of manpower needed for overseas excursions. Portugal after all, is a very small country.

A language came about from this group, Kristang, a creole of Portuguese. But purists insists that there is no such thing as Kristang as a language. 'Kristang' means 'Christians.

Story: Shufiyan Shukur
Camera: Azudin Hidzir


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