Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

10-2013

Abstract

This study investigates how multicultural citizenship education is taught in a Chinese Christian school in Jakarta, where multiculturalism is not a natural experience. Schoolyard ethnographic research was deployed to explore the reality of a ‘double minority’ — Chinese Christians — and how the citizenship of this marginal group is constructed and contested in national, school, and familial discourses. The article argues that it is necessary for schools to actively implement multicultural citizenship education in order to create a new generation of young adults who are empowered, tolerant, active, participatory citizens of Indonesia. As schools are a microcosm of the nation-state, successful multicultural citizenship education can have real societal implications for it has the potential to render the idealism enshrined in the national motto of ‘Unity in Diversity’ a lived reality.

Keywords

Christianity, citizenship, education, multiculturalism, young population, Indonesia, Chinese

Discipline

Asian Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Volume

44

Issue

3

First Page

490

Last Page

510

ISSN

0022-4634

Identifier

10.1017/S0022463413000349

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Copyright Owner and License

Author

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1017/S0022463413000349

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