Scholarship on the Chinese Indonesian community has largely been concerned with the tensions between the community and the majority non-Chinese (or pribumi). The fault lines were usually examined against the background of Suharto’s assimilation policy, the 1998 anti-Chinese riots, the stark imbalance of the nation’s wealth within this minority group, and Chinese loyalty – or chauvinism – in the time of nation-building, and in the face of the rise of modern China. Little attention has been given to Christianity as offering a shelter for the inconspicuous propagation of Chineseness; particularly in terms of the conduct of services in Chinese, the teaching of the language, and business-management leadership. The network of Chinese churches locally, and extending internationally beyond Indonesia, represents a rich field for further scholarship. This article sets out an epistemological map in the service of such research.
Chinese Indonesians, Chineseness, Christianity, identity, Indonesia, religion
Asian Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Religion
Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
HOON Chang Yau, .(2016). Mapping Chineseness on the landscape of Christian churches in Indonesia. Asian Ethnicity, 17(2), 228-247.
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