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Cina Benteng seeks to keep its historical roots

  • Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 19 2010   /  11:11 am

Tangerang’s Cisadane river bank has become an area where Indonesian Chinese reside as well as preserve their cultural heritage. Therefore the local administration should take this invaluable heritage into consideration before going further with its eviction plans, experts say.  For the sake of winning the Adipura award for cleanliness and orderliness, the Tangerang administration plans to tidy up the river bank that is also home to Boen Tek Bio temple of the Cina Benteng (Chinese of the fort) community and the old mansion of a Kapitan (captain), a title created by the Dutch VOC authority that ruled over the Indonesian archipelago until 1799. VOC control was maintained via a form of colonial authority based on co-opting leaders of ethnic groups.  “They do not want to be separated from these historical sites,” Muhamad Isnur, one of the residents’ lawyers from the Indonesi...