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How postcolonial is postcolonial Indonesia?

  • Vissia Ita Yulianto


Jakarta   /   Tue, August 20, 2019   /  03:39 pm
How postcolonial is postcolonial Indonesia? Today’s world’s geography invites us to remove the discourse of “postcolonial condition”, a state of transition and cultural instability, to be critical to the continuities of global imbalances. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

Why should we still talk about postcolonialism in this increasingly multipolar and interconnected world and in this industrial revolution 4.0? What is its significance for 74-year-old Indonesia’s postcolonial society? Should we continue to orient the idea of a global history around one single rubric of European perspective by taking colonialism as the determining watershed? While the notions of postcolonialism vary and should be understood as attempts to resonate hybrid freedom, we should criticize the continuity of the “inferiority complex” derived from the European colonial legacy in the Indonesian postcolonial scene. As seen in colonialism, most European countries expressed deep racism socially as well as intellectually in order to foster Eurocentric ideas and colonial cultures. So, it was only recently that a Jakarta-based scholar shared his personal experi...

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