Title

From Sojourners to Citizens: Managing the Ethnic Chinese Minority in Indonesia and Malaysia

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2001

Abstract

The raison d'être of the management of the minority ethnic Chinese citizenry in Indonesia and Malaysia is not adequately examined in most studies. In this article, ethnic domination is put forth in explaining the dynamics of ethnic conflict management. New multi-ethnic states often opt for selective nation-building by creating institutionalized ethnic boundaries. Ethnic domination occurs when one ethnic group prevails over another through the systematic marginalization of the dominated group's political influence, cultural reproduction and way of life. Beneath the veneer of assimilation and consociation, the central identity encouraged is that of the indigenous bumi 'imagined community' from which the citizen-Chinese is excluded. Ethnic riots are symptomatic of the failure of incomplete ethnic domination, especially in the economic and cultural realms.

Keywords

Selective Nation-building, Ethnic Domination, Ethnic Chinese, Indonesia, Malaysia

Discipline

Asian Studies | Law and Politics | Race and Ethnicity

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

Ethnic and Racial Studies

Volume

24

Issue

6

First Page

949

Last Page

978

ISSN

0141-9870

Identifier

10.1080/01419870120077922

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870120077922