Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2016

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Chinese Indonesians, Chineseness, Christianity, identity, Indonesia, religion

Discipline

Asian Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Asian Ethnicity

Volume

17

Issue

2

First Page

228

Last Page

247

ISSN

1463-1369

Identifier

10.1080/14631369.2014.1001161

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles

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/10.1080/14631369.2014.1001161

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