From Sojourners to Citizens: Managing the Ethnic Chinese Minority in Indonesia and Malaysia
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.
Selective Nation-building, Ethnic Domination, Ethnic Chinese, Indonesia, Malaysia
Asian Studies | Law and Politics | Race and Ethnicity
Law, Society and Governance
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Taylor and Francis
TAN, Eugene K. B..
From Sojourners to Citizens: Managing the Ethnic Chinese Minority in Indonesia and Malaysia. (2001). Ethnic and Racial Studies. 24, (6), 949-978. Research Collection School Of Law.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/sol_research/861