Peranakan, literally 'descendants' in Malay and Indonesian, refers to populations of Indian or Chinese immigrants who adopted a native lifestyle. Distinct from other Chinese and Indian communities with close ties to the ancestral motherland, the Indian and Chinese Peranakan have in many cases adopted the native language and dress at home. However, they remain distinct communities who are not fully assimilated into the native population. Although many Peranakan have a degree of native ancestry (the early generations of Indian and Chinese immigrants were almost exclusively male; they found local wives), they retained their Indian and Chinese names and faiths, thus distinguishing themselves from the natives.
Indian Peranakans are also known as Chitty Malaka. Unlike the males of the Chinese Peranakans, Indian Peranakan men have adopted Malay dress. But both Indian and Chinese Peranakan women wear Malay dress.
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