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Being Chinese-Indonesian

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, January 24 2020   /  01:17 am

Indonesia, a young nation, is not even 100 years old. Thousands of different ethnic groups living in the country have no doubts about their Indonesian identity, a recent survey indicates.There is one exception, however. The survey, conducted by the Indonesian Psychocultural Consortium (KPI), discovered that Chinese-Indonesians do not share this view.This, according to the consortium, could be for various reasons, including that some have lived through traumatic incidents β€” such as the 1998 riots that targeted people of Chinese descent β€” and the discriminatory treatment the group has persistently faced.Recent incidents explain why it is not easy for a Chinese-Indonesian to confidently say, β€œYes, I am 100 percent Indonesian, no question about it.” Doubts always linger.In mid-January, a subdistrict in the East Java capital of Surabaya made headlines. Officials of a community unit in...