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Chinese-Indonesians still feel like outsiders

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24 2020   /  12:42 am

The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia has been home to more than 300 ethnicities for more than seven decades but apparently not all of its citizens feel they belong to the country.A recent study carried out by the Indonesian Psychocultural Consortium has revealed that almost all ethnic groups it interviewed recognized that their Indonesian identity is “final”, except for one group: Indonesians of Chinese descent. The study, conducted between 2018 and 2019, involved nearly 2,000 Indonesians of five ethnicities: the Batak, the Minang people, Javanese, Balinese and Chinese. Chinese-Indonesians' feeling of not belonging, according to the study, which was presented at Atma Jaya University in Jakarta on Wednesday, could be caused by various factors, including traumatic incidents that occurred in the past — particularly during the 1998 riots when mobs targeted people of...