The Chinese of Indonesia and Their Search for Identity: The Relationship Between Collective Memory and the Media

by Aimee Dawis

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

List of Tables


Introduction


Chapter 1: Mapping the Terrain of Identity, Memory, and the Media

The Overseas Chinese and their Place in the World

The Context of Chinese-Indonesians

Identity, Memory, and the Media: The Case of Chinese-Indonesians


Chapter 2: ‘Going Home’––The Dilemmas of Native Ethnography

Qualitative Framework of Inquiry and Native Ethnography

The Constructivist Paradigm

The Constructivist Research Design


Chapter 3: The Indonesian Chinese in Suharto’s New Order: Heterogeneity, Assimilation, and Culture

Chinese-Indonesians: A Heterogeneous Community

The Totok and the Peranakan

Beyond Categories: The Slippery Task of Identifying Chinese-Indonesians

Regional Origins

Family and Religion

Assimilationist Policies, Culture, and the Media


Chapter 4: The Indonesian Chinese and the Media: Identity Construction and Rearticulation of ‘Chineseness’ in Diaspora

From Golden Spoons to Mah Jong: A Diversity of Experiences

Family and Religion

Regional Differences

Flying Tiger and Little Dragon Lady: Boys’ and Girls’ Culture

Boys’ Culture

Girls’ Culture

Kalah dan Salah: Fear, ‘Imagined Security,’ and the Politics of Identity


Conclusion

Summary

The Present Situation

Implications and Suggestions for Future Research

Concluding Words


Epilogue: The Future of Chinese Indonesians


Endnotes

References

Appendices

Index


 

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