The Kinship, Interaction And Identity By Tan Chee Beng

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This section contains only a summary of “Chapter 7 on The Kinship, Interaction and Identity” from the book “The Baba of Melaka: Culture Identity of a Chinese Peranakan community in Malaysia” written by Tan Chee Beng which was published in 1988. The author’s main purpose for writing this chapter is to identify in what ways is the Peranakan Chinese kinship system built based on the concept of social interaction between Baba and the non-Baba Chinese as well as other ethnic groups, especially amongst the Malays and the experience of interaction with others (Chee Beng, 1988, p. 198). Within this chapter, the author suggested that the nature of intra ethnic and interethnic interaction built its self identification. Baba in Bukit Rambai closely interact among themselves as they encounter each other on a daily basis to play a card game called ceki (p. 198). Within the category “Baba”, individuals are related to each other not just because of friendship, as is true of interethnic interaction, but they are also related through kinship ties. Kinship is a significant institution principle for intragroup interaction and in forming alliances. Among the Baba, social exchanges between relatives make up the most significant kind of social interaction and…show more content…
The surname (si) is inherited patrilineally and surname exogamy is observed (p. 199). Baba boys and girls are able to relate to not only the primary kin within the family but also to Baba friends and relatives on the far side of the family through socialization at home learning the usage of the appropriate terms of address and the unwritten rule of exchanging things for mutual benefit on social exchanges between different categories of relatives. It is acknowledged that the basic structure of Baba kinship system is the Hokkien system, it has however obtained its own Baba identity due to certain Baba linguistic features (for example, certain kinship terms and historical

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