The Future of Kristang: Dreams and Awakenings [Panel Discussion]


What is going to happen to Kristang in the near future? Are children learning it? What can you do to get involved?

Sara Santa Maria, teacher of Kristang in the Portuguese Settlement in Malacca, Kevin Martens Wong from the Kodrah Kristang revitalisation initiative in Singapore, and Elisabela Larrea, researcher of Macanese Creole theatre, will talk about how they are reviving Kristang in Singapore and Malaysia and Maquísta in Macau, and what more can be done.

The first 30 people to register will receive a deck of Kristang flash cards, Bista di Kristang ('A Glimpse of Kristang') developed by Kodrah Kristang!

Note: One person will be entitled to only
one deck for all events — if you are part of the early bird sign-ups for multiple Festa di Papia Kristang events, you will still only receive only one deck of flashcards.



Elisabela Larrea is an eighth generation Macanese and is currently working towards her doctorate degree, Quim sã nós? The Voice on the Postcolonial Stage: A study of Macanese Creole Theatre. Elisabela is keen on preserving and promoting Macanese culture via seminars and various media such as installation artwork Motion Painting (2006), documentary film Filhos da Terra (2008), and feature film Macau Stories 2-Love in the City (2012). With her indulgence and passion for Macanese culture, she established her bilingual blog (belamaquista.wordpress.com) with a weekly feature of Unchinho di Língu Maquista—flashcards in Patuá (or Macanese Creole).

Kevin Martens Wong is a final-year linguistics undergraduate at the National University of Singapore of Portuguese-Eurasian descent, head of the Kodrah Kristang revitalisation initiative, and director of the first ever Kristang Language Festival 2017. For his work on Kristang, Kevin was nominated for the 2017 Linguistic Society of America Excellence in Community Linguistics Award, selected for the 2016 Institute for Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and appointed to the CoLang Advisory Circle, which develops new initiatives for the documentation, maintenance, and revitalisation of endangered languages worldwide.

Sara Frederica Sta Maria is a teacher for the underprivileged children of the Portuguese Settlement. Every Saturday since 2011, she has been teaching Cristang culture, traditions, and the language to the Settlement children. The lesson materials were created by her late father who did not get the chance to carry on his work.

Sat May 20, 2017
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM SGT
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Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum
Venue Address
1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555 Singapore
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place. Take Exit H. The Asian Civilisations Museum is a scenic 5 minute walk away, along the river and across Cavenagh Bridge.
Kristang Language Festival ('Festa di Papia Kristang')

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