About Us

Who are we?

About PAA

A group of us met in January 2011 with the idea of incorporating an association to cultivate and promote Peranakan culture in Sydney. The interest group of 30 people attended and that evening, a committee was formed. An Application was then lodged with the Office of Fair Trading. Peranakan Association Australia NSW Inc. borne on the 31st of January 2011 is a 9-year dream come true for founding President Evelyn Tian and her founding executive committee in Jerry Tan, Josephine Lim, Nigel Tan, Bibi Teo, Derrick de Souza, Dr Donald Tan, Jim Teoh, Lian Tan and Adrian Watts. Together the team were unstoppable with organising many events that give members an opportunity to meet and enjoy this unique culture.

“Peranakan” means persons who are descendants of the early Chinese community who settled in the Malay Archipelago and the historical Straits Settlements (of Singapore and Melaka and Penang in Malaysia) or who observe the traditions and culture of what has become distinctly and widely accepted and recognised in South East Asia as the Peranakan heritage of which, in particular the Baba and Nonya culture and lifestyle form an integral part.

The Peranakan Association (the “Association”) is a non-profit organisation. The assets and income of the association shall be applied solely in furtherance of its objects below, and no part shall be distributed directly or indirectly to its members, except for bona fide compensation or reimbursement for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the association.

For more details, please find the information about us in the constitution.

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