Boyanese Language Workshop


Where did it originate?

Boyanese, or Baweanese, hails from an island called Bawean situated about 120 km north of Indonesia's second largest city, Surabaya. Distantly related to Malay, Boyanese is a variant of the Madurese language from Madura, an island just off the coast of Java.

Why is it important to us?

The Boyanese were an important part of Singapore's social landscape and had arrived as part of the mass outward migration in the early 19th century. The last official census was taken in 1985 where it was reported that there were about 900 speakers in Singapore — although there have been no such reports ever since. The Boyanese-speaking community in Singapore was formerly based at Kampung Boya along the Rochor River, dating back more than 150 years. Although many Boyanese eventually intermarried with the Malays, the community and language still represents an important part of the linguistic diversity of multicultural Singapore.

To learn more about Boyanese language, script, and culture join Austronesian language enthusiast Hafiz Rashid at this workshop on 17 March (Sat), at the NVPC. Free with registration! Limited to 25 participants.

NOTE: As seats are limited by the venue space, please only sign up if you're sure that you will be able to attend. If you find out later that you are unable to attend, please send us a message with your name and we will open the slot to others who might be interested in the Boyanese Language Workshop. Thanks!

Cover image: A map with red circles that highlights some of the old Baweanese pondoks (or lodging houses) in Singapore.
By: Ghetto Singapore (http://www.ghettosingapore.com/the-boyanese-in-singapore)


This event is organised by Kodrah Kristang under the Lion City Languages initiative in conjunction with A Good Space. A Good Space offers a refreshing community-curated calendar of events and programmes in public spaces across Singapore for the giving community to come together to reconnect, refuel and be inspired. For the community, by the community – a City of Good. Your support helps both Kodrah Kristang and A Good Space to continue to design exciting and unique events like these for our island home.
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Sat Mar 17, 2018
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM SGT
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