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Ethnic Chinese in Contemporary Indonesia

Leo Suryadinata

Publication Year: 2008

The Chinese in Indonesia have played an important role in Indonesian society before and after the fall of Soeharto. This book provides comprehensive and up-to-date information by examining them in detail during that era with special reference to the post-Soeharto period. The contributors to this volume consist of both older- and younger-generation scholars writing on Indonesian Chinese. They offer new information and fresh perspectives on the issues of government policies, legal position, ethnic politics, race relations, religion, education and prospects of the Chinese Indonesians.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. v-vi

List of Tables and Figures

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

On 19 July 2007 the Chinese Heritage Centre (Singapore), Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), and NABIL Foundation (Indonesia) organized a joint one-day seminar on “Ethnic Chinese in Indonesia in an Era of Globalization” in Singapore. The purpose of the seminar was to provide comprehensive and up-to-date information on the topic to the educated ...


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pp. xi-xii


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pp. xiii-xiv

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1. Chinese Indonesians in an Era of Glbalization: Some Major Characteristics

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pp. 1-16

Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia, and the absolute number of Indonesian Chinese was believed to be the largest in the region; that is, between three and five per cent. Recent studies based on the census show that the number is not as large as previously estimated (between 1.5 and 2 per cent), ...

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2. Chinese Indonesians in Indonesia and the Province of Riau Archipelago: A Demographic Analysis

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pp. 17-47

In spite of the joy ethnic Chinese in Indonesia have known in the last eight years, the size of their population remains debatable. Not surprisingly, it was difficult to find accurate statistics on Chinese Indonesians. It is not easy to produce the statistics because there is still no consensus on who Chinese Indonesians are, even among Chinese Indonesians themselves. ...

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3. Indonesian Government Policies and the Ethnic Chinese: Some Recent Developments

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pp. 48-56

This chapter aims to examine Indonesian government policies towards ethnic Chinese with special reference to recent and new developments. However, as Wang Gungwu has noted in one of his books, “[I]t is not really possible to understand what seems to be new, without reference to the past.”1 I shall thus present a historical background before discussing the various government policies. ...

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4. No More Discrimination Against the Chinese

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pp. 57-74

The Dutch Government Era

Indonesia did not have regulations of citizenship during the Dutch colonization period that started with the establishment of the old Dutch Association of East Indies Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC ) in 1815.

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5. Chinese Education in Indonesia: Developments in the Post-1998 Era

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pp. 75-96

The history of Chinese education in Indonesia is inextricably tied with the political, cultural, and social dimensions of the country. Like their neighbours in Malaysia and Singapore, members of the Chinese community in Indonesia have tried to establish their own educational systems for their youth upon their settlement in Indonesia. ...

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6. Ethnic Chinese Religions: Some Recent Developments

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pp. 97-116

When looking into recent developments of ethnic Chinese religions in Indonesia, we should bear in mind the domestic and external factors which have contributed to the religious scene of the local Chinese community. ...

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7. Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia After Soeharto

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pp. 117-136

The notion of “anti-Chinese violence” has become a cliché in writing about Indonesia. Any journalistic account of an outbreak of anti-Chinese violence is likely to have the following ingredients: a rough estimate of the number of ethnic Chinese in Indonesia; a statement that they are disproportionately wealthy; a reference to anti-Chinese prejudice and discrimination ...

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8. Ethnic Chinese and Ethnic Indonesians: A Love-Hate Relationship

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pp. 137-153

Almost ten years ago, ethnic Chinese became the systematic target and victims of mass rioting. Even if the May ’98 riots were incited by as yet unidentified “provocateurs”, they would not have developed so intensely and so quickly if there were no underlying anti-Chinese sentiment among the masses.2 ...

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9. Reluctant Internationalization: The Case of the Salim Group

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pp. 154-176

Globalization has become a keyword for managers today, and many companies claim to be global as they increasingly do business across borders. Globalization can be understood as the phenomenon occurring as a result of the perceived contraction of time and space. Companies often start activities abroad because it can bring advantages ...

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10. Is there a Future for Chinese Indonesians?

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pp. 177-198

What kind of future can be foreseen in the decades ahead of us, or hoped for, by the Chinese Indonesians (or Sino-Indonesians, as I feel they would be better named, by analogy with terms such as Sino-Thai and Sino-Americans)? Will it be smoother than the bumpy ride they have experienced since 1945, or even more troubled and insecure? Nobody can possibly know, of course; ...


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pp. 199-209

E-ISBN-13: 9789812308368
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812308351

Page Count: 209
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: 1