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Chinese Indonesians

Remembering, Distorting, Forgetting

Tim Lindsey and Helen Pausacker

Publication Year: 2005

This volume honours, and reflects on, the life and work of the Australian Indonesianist, Charles A. Coppel. His interests -- reflected in this volume -- are broad, ranging from history, politics, legal issues, and violence against the Chinese, through to culture and religion. The chapters in the volume, contributed by scholars from Australia, Indonesia, Europe, and Singapore, also all reflect a theme, inspired by Charles Coppel’s expression, “remembering, distorting, forgetting”, by which he drew attention to misrepresentations of the Chinese, seeking to locate the realities behind the myths that form the basis for the racism and xenophobia the Chinese have often experienced in Indonesia.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-ix

This volume honours, and reflects on, the life and work of Charles Coppel, who retired from the University of Melbourne in 2002. Throughout his academic career, Charles researched aspects of Indonesian Chinese, but his interests — as reflected in this volume — were broad, ranging from history, politics, ...

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Charles Coppel: A Brief Biography, Contributors, Glossary

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pp. x-xxvi

Charles Antony Coppel was born in Melbourne on 6 July 1937, the son of Elias Godfrey “Bill” Coppel (1896–1978) and Marjorie Jean Service (1900–70), both of whom had strong links with the University of Melbourne, recognized by their inclusion in the university’s 150 Years: 150 People sesquicentenary publication. ...

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Introduction: Researching the Margins by

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pp. 1-9

To study the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia might be thought a marginal enterprise. The Chinese overseas have long been an exotic interest in Chinese studies, outside the Sinological mainstream, with its thousands of years of historical sources and commentaries. ...

Bibliography of Charles A. Coppel's Work

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pp. 10-13

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1. Anti-Chinese Violence and Transitions in Indonesia: June 1998–October 1999

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pp. 14-40

In Indonesian Chinese in Crisis Charles Coppel describes the period of transition in late 1965 and into 1966 and 1967 as “this two year period of storm” (Coppel 1983, p. 60). He depicts a time when tensions between Indonesia and China, as well as the residues of the anti-communist purges and an economic crisis, ...

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2. Reconstituting the Ethnic Chinese in Post-Soeharto Indonesia: Law, Racial Discrimination, and Reform

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pp. 41-76

The fall of Soeharto in 1998 was accompanied by calls for radical reform of the oppressive New Order through which he had ruled and, in particular, its legal system. It was also accompanied by attacks on the ethnic Chinese and their property (Coppel 2002, pp. 15–18; Purdey, this volume). ..

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3. Buddhism and Confucianism in Contemporary Indonesia: Recent Developments

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pp. 77-94

Throughout his academic career, Charles Coppel wrote extensively on Confucianism in Indonesia, covering the period from the beginning of the twentieth century until 1995 (Coppel 2002a–e). Both of us were the first academics who paid special attention to this unique religion ...

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4. Portrait of the Chinese in Post-Soeharto Indonesia

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pp. 95-104

On Saturday, 8 March 2003 about 200 members of two paramilitary gangs demonstrated outside Tempo weekly magazine’s office in Pegangsaan, Jakarta. A number of them, escorted by police, entered the building and met with some of the editors. ...

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5. The Makam Juang Mandor Monument: Remembering and Distorting the History of the Chinese of West Kalimantan

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pp. 105-129

Speaking of the reception of Chinese–Malay literature in Indonesia, Charles Coppel wrote that local histories tend to “remember”, “distort”, and also “forget” the contribution of this body of writings (Coppel 2002, p. 191). In West Kalimantan local histories also tend to remember, distort, or forget the past ...

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6. Confucianists and Revolutionaries in Surabaya (c1880–c1906)

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pp. 130-147

While the colonial era reformist activities of the Chinese in West Java have been well studied (Nio 1940; Williams 1960; Salmon 1971; Suryadinata 1974; Coppel 1981), those of their counterparts in East Java have fallen into oblivion. Nevertheless, the only temple in honour of Confucius in insular Southeast Asia ...

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7. The Chinese and the Early Centuries of Conversion to Islam in Indonesia

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pp. 148-164

The Chinese community in Indonesia has been the focus of Charles Coppel’s life of scholarship. He has examined the history of Chinese migration to Indonesia and focussed on the legal status of the Chinese, their relationship to minority communities of Christians and Arabs, ...

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8. The Agony of Love: A Study of Peranakan Chinese Courtship and Marriage

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pp. 165-184

In all societies, through the ages, people have married, had children, and formed families. In most societies, this has also involved falling in love. However, these feelings and desires become subject to the rules, constraints, and obligations of those societies and are therefore expressed in a variety of patterns of courtship and marriage. ...

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9. Peranakan Chinese and Wayang in Java

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pp. 185-208

The Chinese in Indonesia have frequently been characterized with the racial stereotype of being “exclusive”, mixing mainly within their own community, and being solely business-oriented. Some indigenous Indonesians perceive the Chinese as busy working in trade and industry and having little time for normal social relations.1 ...


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pp. 209-215

E-ISBN-13: 9789812305442
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812303035

Page Count: 215
Publication Year: 2005

Edition: 1

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  • Chinese -- Indonesia.
  • Indonesia -- Ethnic relations.
  • Chinese -- Indonesia -- Religion.
  • Chinese -- Indonesia -- Social life and customs.
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