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Tolerance treads peaceful path around ‘Benteng Chinese’ community

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 8 2019   /  01:33 am
Cultural parade: A family (left) wearing the traditional Chio Tao outfit join a cultural parade in Tangerang, Banten, on Sept. 8. The parade was part of the celebration for the reopening of the Tjhie Thian Tay Shen Bio Temple after it was destroyed in a fire some years ago.(JP/PJ Leo)(left) wearing the traditional Chio Tao outfit join a cultural parade in Tangerang, Banten, on Sept. 8. The parade was part of the celebration for the reopening of the Tjhie Thian Tay Shen Bio Temple after it was destroyed in a fire some years ago.(JP/PJ Leo)

Cultural parade: A family (left) wearing the traditional Chio Tao outfit join a cultural parade in Tangerang, Banten, on Sept. 8. The parade was part of the celebration for the reopening of the Tjhie Thian Tay Shen Bio Temple after it was destroyed in a fire some years ago.(JP/PJ Leo)An afternoon view of the old boats lining the banks of the Cisadane River in Tangerang, Banten, where dozens of young kids often have an after-school swim, has become a daily routine for Renni Eddi Liem, 60, a local ferryman.In recent years, Eddi has been busy helping residents living nearby on Jl. Kalipasir Indah to cross the river, which earns him barely enough to make ends meet for his family, let alone pay for the heart disease treatment he went through in late September.“My heart ached a lot and my breath was heavy. It might be because of the work I had done in my younger days, melting wax and sometim...