Portuguese Settlement of Malacca (Melaka), Malaysia

In 1511 the Portuguese established the first base of European christian trading in Southeast Asia at Malacca in Malaysia. They held a fortress for 130 years until the Dutch captured Melaka in 1641. 500 years later people of Portuguese ancestry still live in Melaka at Ujong Pasir, five km from Malacca City, Malaysia. They are known as the Kristang, a Malaysian ethnic group with mixed Portuguese/Malay and for some possibly Indian or Chinese ancestry. I visit Papa Joes bar to learn more about the Portuguese community and get to hear Papa Joe perform a Fado, a style of song which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal.

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