Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

10-2010

Abstract

Elite Christian schools in Indonesia can become places where religious, ethnic and class identities are heightened, particularly in relation to the nation’s ethnic Chinese. Exceptional academic performance, faith education, strict discipline and a safe environment are some of the factors that attract ethnic Chinese to enrol their children into elite Christian schools in Indonesia. In fact, these schools have become a thriving business across major cities, generating handsome profits from the provision of high quality education. They are generally attended by Chinese Indonesian students from a middle and upper class background. The schools are equipped with much better facilities than most schools in Indonesia and charge a considerable fee - sometimes in US or Singapore dollars. Parents do not seem to mind paying a premium for the excellent academic reputation enjoyed by the schools.

Keywords

education, Indonesia, Christian schools, ethnic identity, Chinese

Discipline

Asian Studies | Race and Ethnicity

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Inside Indonesia

Volume

102

ISSN

0814-1185

Publisher

Indonesian Resources and Information Program

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://www.insideindonesia.org/feature-editions/affirming-difference

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