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Jakarta Post

‘Racism remains for Chinese — Indonesians’

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 22 2012   /  07:45 am

Although the state no longer put up legal and institutional barriers to entry for Indonesians of Chinese descent to fully take part in public life, many are reluctant to open up because of deep-seated trauma from racism.

Hermawi F. Taslim, leader of the influential Chinese Indonesian group Glodok Community, said some Chinese descents were still living in their exclusive community and stuck in their primordial way of thinking.

Taslim, who is also deputy chairman of the predominantly-Muslim National Awakening Party (PKB) said members of the Chinese community were in fact living in a segregated community.

“The wealthy families who live in Glodok, West Jakarta are of course different from those who live in Tangerang, Banten who are dirt poor,” Taslim said.

University of Indonesia historian J.J. Rizal said the institutionalized racism that was reinforced durin...