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Peranakans are descendants of late 15th- and 16th-century Chinese immigrants to the British Straits Settlements of Malaya and the Dutch-controlled island of Java and other locations who intermarried with local Malay and Indonesian women and adopted some of their customs. At one time, many were part of Singapore's elite, more loyal to the British than to China. Today Peranakans are still held in high esteem in Singapore and one of the most successful of the island's various ethnic groups. To learn more about the Peranakan people, this lovely museum gallery showcases the family heirlooms and antiques of owner Peter Wee, a fourth-generation Baba (meaning male) Peranakan and president of the Peranakan Association. Have a look at the gallery’s woven kasut manek (beaded slippers), furniture, and wedding outfits—some Peranakan bridal costumes weighed as much as 10 to 12 pounds. By appointment only, Wee conducts 45-minute tours of the museum and serves tea and cake (S$15 per person for groups of 5 to 15; for fewer than 5 people he will negotiate a fee). A taxi is the most convenient way to get there.