Citizenship, inheritance, and the indigenizing of "Orang Chinese" in Indonesia

Aguilar, Filomeno V. (2001) Citizenship, inheritance, and the indigenizing of "Orang Chinese" in Indonesia. Positions-East Asia Cultures Critique, 9 (3). pp. 501-533.

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Abstract

The national motto of Indonesia is Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, roughly translatable as "Unity in Diversity," but the segment of the Indonesian population composed of "Chinese" is often excluded from the moral community of the nation because of their supposed absences of "roots" on Indonesian soil. Sharing formal citizenship status and many cultural practices with other Indonesians, the Chinese are nonetheless ideologically constructed as aliens and often used as scapegoats. The events of 1998 brought to the fore the highly problematic position of Chinese persons in relation to the Indonesian nation. This article seeks to understand the history that has indigenized and concomitantly alienated the Chinese in Indonesia by retracing the trails of the controvertible word Cina, the interminable forks on the citizenship road, and the seeming dead ends on the lifespan of wealth and capital accumulation.

Item ID: 13384
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1067-9847
Keywords: citizenship; ethnic studies
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2013 00:35
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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