The Babah Suite portrays the life of the Peranakan or "Nonya Baba" society in Malang around the 1850s. The original Nonya Baba culture began when young men left mainland China in search for more prosperous lives in Southeast Asia, a tradition that began more than four centuries ago. These young married local girls in the islands where these men then settled. Through the years, a new culture was gradually formed by these mixed marriages: a product of a fusion between the local cultures, Chinese culture, as well as the influence from the West, with the Chinese culture commonly being the most dominant influence. In the 1950s, the peranakan lifestyle gradually became harder to find, as more and more old houses were demolished and the contents of these houses were dispersed.