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China and the Shaping of Indonesia, 1949-1965
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The interactions and mutual perceptions of China and Indonesia were a significant element in Asia's postcolonial transformation, but as result of the prevailing emphasis on diplomatic and political relations within a Cold War and nation-state framework, their multi-dimensional interrelationship and its complex domestic ramifications have escaped scholarly scrutiny. China and the Shaping of Indonesia provides a meticulous account of versatile interplay between knowledge, power, ethnicity, and diplomacy in the context of Sino-Indonesian interactions between 1949 and 1965. Taking a transnational approach that views Asia as a flexible geographical and political construct, this book addresses three central questions. First, what images of China were prevalent in Indonesia, and how were narratives about China construed and reconstructed? Second, why did the China Metaphor -- the projection of an imagined foreign land onto the local intellectural and political milieu -- become central to Indonesians' conception of themselves and a cause for self criticism and rediscovery? Third, how was the China Metaphor incorporated into Indonesia's domestic politics and culture, and how did it affect the postcolonial transformation, the fate of the ethnic Chinese minority, and Sino-Indonesian diplomacy? Employing a wide range of hitherto untapped primary materials in Indonesian and Chinese as well as his own interviews, Hong Liu presents a compelling argument that many influential politicians and intellectuals, among them Sukarno, Hatta, and Pramoedya, utilized China as an alternative model of modernity in conceiving and developing projects of social engineering, cultural regeneration and political restructuring that helped shape the trajectory of modern Indonesia. The multiplicity of China thus constituted a site of political contestations and intellectual imaginations. The study is a major contribution both to the intellectual and political history of Indonesia and to the reconceptualization of Asian studies, it also serves as a timely reminder of the importance of historicizing China's rising soft power in a transnational Asia.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. LIST OF FIGURES
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. INTRODUCTION: China in Indonesia: What’s in a Name?
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. PART I. (Re)presenting China
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. CHAPTER 1. Changing Images of China in Pre-1949 Indonesia
  2. pp. 33-58
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  1. CHAPTER 2. Discourses on Chinese Politics
  2. pp. 59-78
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  1. CHAPTER 3. Social Dynamism and Economic Progress
  2. pp. 79-105
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  1. CHAPTER 4. Of Culture, Religion and Intellectuals
  2. pp. 106-124
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  1. PART II: Constructing the China Metaphor
  2. pp. 125-126
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  1. CHAPTER 5. Indonesian Dreams and the “Chinese Realities”: The Sociopolitical and Intellectual Dimensions
  2. pp. 127-153
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  1. CHAPTER 6. An “Inner China” and External PRC: The Ethnic and Diplomatic Dimensions
  2. pp. 154-202
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  1. PART III: Shaping a New Trajectory
  2. pp. 203-204
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  1. CHAPTER 7. Sukarno, the China Metaphor and Political Populism
  2. pp. 205-233
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  1. CHAPTER 8. Pramoedya, the China Metaphor and Cultural Radicalism
  2. pp. 234-266
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  1. CONCLUSION: China as an Alternative Modernity
  2. pp. 267-274
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  1. APPENDIX: Biographical Notes on Major China Observers in Indonesia, 1949–65
  2. pp. 275-291
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 292-315
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 316-321
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