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Jakarta Post

Leo Suryadinata: Pushing the boundaries

  • Aimee Dawis


Jakarta   /   Fri, November 14 2008   /  11:15 am

Anyone studying the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia is bound to encounter Leo Suryadinata's works. While Leo has been internationally recognized for his contributions to exploring the multifaceted socio-cultural and political dimensions of the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia, he has also written extensively on many issues. He has written on Sino-Indonesian relations, ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia, nationhood and citizenship in Southeast Asia, as well as Indonesia's population and politics. Fluent in Indonesian, English and Chinese, the prolific scholar has written 50 books and monographs in these languages. During his 45-year academic career, he has also written close to 30 chapters in various books, 15 articles in international journals, 11 articles in regional journals, six working papers and more than 100 conference papers. While examining the ethnic C...