Reclaiming My Portuguese-Eurasian Mother Tongue, Kristang

Of course, Kristang, being a creole of Portuguese and Malay, isn’t every Singaporean Eurasian’s mother tongue. Eurasians of other threads of heritage may count many other languages—German, Khmer, Thai, French, for example—among their wealth of mother tongue inheritance. But since my four grandparents all were of Portuguese-Eurasian heritage (my maternal grandmother’s maiden name was Sequeira,…

Bahau

  This short story is about my maternal grandmother Patsy Pinto, and her own father, Valentin Sequeira, when he went to Bahau during the Japanese Occupation. I’d love to hear your own family’s stories about experiences during WWII. While my great-grandfather’s time in Bahau was very real, the other characters in this story, besides Bishop Adrian…

Oatmeal and condensed milk

  Linda Haden nee Cornfield remembers yummy things from childhood and shares how she hunted down her family lineage   CHILDHOOD MEMORY “Other kids found it strange that my grandfather was Caucasian while I looked Oriental. I was often bombarded with curious stares and questions.”   OATMEAL AND CONDENSED MILK “My grandfather, Clive, used to…