15 June 2012

Chinese Indonesians come full circle

Meanwhile in Indonesia....

Chinese Indonesians come full circle

It is incredible to think that Chinese language was banned discouraged  from 1967–1998 in Indonesia. Expressions of Chinese culture through language, religion, and traditional festivals were banned.

 "The Soeharto regime urged citizens of Chinese descent to take on Indonesian names to prove their loyalty, closed Chinese schools and imposed curbs on celebrating the culture and the learning of Mandarin.

It was only three decades later, following the riots that toppled President Suharto, that these policies were reversed.

Fourteen years on, many Chinese Indonesians are using Mandarin names and learning the language. Chinese schools, newspapers and community organizations are flourishing once more."

Chinese Indonesians come full circle

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