The Chinese of Indonesia and Their Search for Identity: The Relationship Between Collective Memory and the Media

The Chinese of Indonesia and Their Search for Identity:

The Chinese of Indonesia and Their Search for Identity: The Relationship Between Collective Memory and the Media [BOOKS] ⚣ The Chinese of Indonesia and Their Search for Identity: The Relationship Between Collective Memory and the Media Author Aimee Dawis – Polishdarling.co.uk This book examines how the Indonesian Chinese who were born after negotiate meanings about their culture and identity through their collective memory of growing up in a restrictive media environment This book examines of Indonesia Kindle Ñ how the Indonesian Chinese who were born afternegotiate meanings about their culture and identity through their collective memory of growing up in a restrictive media environment that specifically curtailed Chinese language and culture The restrictive media environment was the result of a series of policies administered during the Suharto era According to the regulations, the Indonesian government closed all Chinese language schools and prohibited the use of Chinese characters in public places, the import of Chinese language publications, and all public forms and The Chinese ePUB Ù expressions of Chinese culture In the past century, and particularly in the past decade, much attention has been given to China and its rising status as a world economic power Scholarship on overseas Chinese has also shed light on their relationship with their mythic homeland , China In their work, scholars discovered that the Chinese of Southeast Asia have created a prominent economic, political, and cultural presence in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore In the s, scholars such as George Kahin, Ruth McVey, and Benedict Chinese of Indonesia PDF/EPUB ã Anderson were drawn to the political upheavals in Indonesia and the various roles that the Chinese of Indonesia have played in the economic, political, and cultural arenas of their country In later years, Charles Coppel and Leo Suryadinata have published extensively on various aspects of the Chinese in Indonesia, such as their religious affiliations and education Despite the considerable attention given to the Chinese of Indonesia, scholars have not specifically studied, through the lens of the media, how a certain group of Chinese Indonesians grew up in a restrictive media and cultural environment during theyears when Indonesia was ruled by Suharto This book takes the first step in examining this generation s collective memory of growing up in a state controlled environment that has had a significant impact on their identity formation, maintenance, and the re negotiation of Chineseness in their everyday lives This book will appeal especially to media, cultural studies, and Southeast Asian studies scholars, researchers, and students.


10 thoughts on “The Chinese of Indonesia and Their Search for Identity: The Relationship Between Collective Memory and the Media

  1. Santo Santo says:

    I first met Aimee Dawis last month, in an elevator in Guiyang, China It was in the morning before the China ASEAN Symposium organized by Guizhou University Least to say, it was a brief encounter, probably uneventful I thought that Aimee was Chinese, like the other 1.3 billion people in that land Then again, it is possible that Aimee may have also thought that I was Chinese, from somewhere in Guangdong, where the people can sometimes be of darker skin.Now, when looking back, having just finis I first met Aimee Dawis last month, in an elevator in Guiyang, China It was in the morning before the China ASEAN Symposium organized by Guizhou University Least to say, it was a brief encounter, probably uneventful I thought that Aimee was Chinese, like the other 1.3 billion people in that land Then again, it is possible that Aimee may have also thought that I was Chinese, from somewhere in Guangdong, where the people can sometimes be of darker skin.Now, when looking back, having just finished Aimee s book, I can say how appropriate that encounter was The confusion of identity And thus, the struggle to resurrect, rediscover, redeem this identity This is the underlying theme of Aimee s book, titled Orang Indonesia Tionghoa Mencari Identitas Chinese Indonesians In Search of Identity The book looks at the experience of Chinese Indonesians during the New Order era of Soeharto s dictatorial regime which ended in 1998 An era when freedoms were limited, andso, expressions of Chineseness, through written and spoken literature, performance arts, traditional ceremonies and the media, were simply not allowed They were all banned.Forced into assimilation, the Chinese Indonesians were legally stripped off their cultural ties to Mainland China, the land of their forefathers However, Aimee argues that within such an environment, Chinese Indonesians managed to find semblances of their Chinese identity in the form of Chinese drama series, which were contraband items, whose possession could risk legal penalties.Many who watched these drama series most coming from Taiwan and Hongkong, two entities that were always careful to maintain a distance from Communist Mainland China found some comfort in the values, ideas, and images projected in the series They gave the viewers a sense of what it probably means to be of Chinese background, in a surrounding devoid of any Chinese cultural symbols.To those who felt prejudiced by the New Order s dictatorial regime, the Chinese drama series gave their viewers a sense of a desired other , and imagined escape from their daily hardship To those searching for their cultural roots, the series gave them a sense of an imagined homeland And to those feeling disjointed from the Indonesian community at large, the Chinese drama series provided a feeling of imagined community , a feeling of belonging to something.While appreciating her insights into the connection between media as represented by the drama series and identity, I also enjoyed Aimee s discussion of the plurality of Chinese Indonesians Indonesians too often like to see the Chinese Indonesian community as a single, exclusive identity Many times, this has been to the detriment of these Chinese Indonesians Resentment towards affluent Chinese Indonesians often results in hardships for the poorer ones, just because they are of the same descent Therefore, recognition of plurality is a step towards breaking down exclusiveness, and the prejudices that come along with it.What I like about this book is the honest tone with which it is written Aimee doesn t pretend to know it all, admitting that as a native ethnographer she issusceptible to getting things wrong in the guise of supposed truths than right As a result, she allows the facts to speak, and the opinions to surface without major adulteration Aimee merely provides a framework of thought to guide the reader into understanding the underlying theme of her analysis.Employing narrations obtained from focus group discussions involving Chinese Indonesians growing up during the New Order era, the book does not shy away from the stereotypes, prejudices, and feelings that color the uneasy relationship between Chinese and non Chinese Indonesians It contained accounts of Chinese Indonesians from Sumatera to Papua, those who regard themselves as totok and peranakan , those who speak Chinese and didn t In the end, the book says things the way they are, and not the way most Indonesians often prefer to.So honest was Aimee that she wrote this at the beginning of the book Ini baru sebuah awal This is just a beginning And if this is so, then I certainly am looking forward to what s to follow Not only the views that Aimee would develop in the future, but as a whole, the body of literature on Chinese Indonesians, identity politics, the diaspora, Indonesian studies, China studies, and even diplomacy A body of literature born in a freer Indonesia, based and carried out by people relishing in these new freedoms Aimee actually outlined some of the possible directions for such studies The possibilities are endless Maybe, just maybe, I can be part of this movement I think that the notion of a confusion of identity will never wholly disappear Not with the Chinese Indonesians Not with every Indonesian in general, who live in a country so diverse and various For identities are never singular, and people are free to assume multiple identities in this globalized world More studies on this theme, however, would raise greater awareness of the values, the prejudices, and the sentiments that we live with every day To make us feelgrounded, and assured of each and one of our identities To make us recognize that what we deemed to be truths are sometimes actually far from it At least, having read this book, the next time around I will know who Aimee Dawis is And that ll be something, cause that s one identity I would not be confused of


  2. Budi Kurniawan Budi Kurniawan says:

    Studi yang sistematis dan teliti tentang pencarian identitas orang Indonesia Tionghoa di masa Orde Baru, khususnya dalam hubungan dengan media film Hongkong Menarik dan cukup memberikan motivasi untuk meneliti orang Indonesia Tionghoa setelah 1998, bagaimana negosiasi dalam konstruksi identitas mereka berkembang, atau dibentuk bagi generasi yang lahir pasca 1998 Ada satu hal yang cukup mengganjal, disebutkan bahwa novel Ko Ping Ho adalah dasar cerita Return of the Condor Heroes Ini tidak bena Studi yang sistematis dan teliti tentang pencarian identitas orang Indonesia Tionghoa di masa Orde Baru, khususnya dalam hubungan dengan media film Hongkong Menarik dan cukup memberikan motivasi untuk meneliti orang Indonesia Tionghoa setelah 1998, bagaimana negosiasi dalam konstruksi identitas mereka berkembang, atau dibentuk bagi generasi yang lahir pasca 1998 Ada satu hal yang cukup mengganjal, disebutkan bahwa novel Ko Ping Ho adalah dasar cerita Return of the Condor Heroes Ini tidak benar, karena Return of the Condor Heroes adalah novel karya Jin Yong


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10 thoughts on “The Chinese of Indonesia and Their Search for Identity: The Relationship Between Collective Memory and the Media

  1. Santo Santo says:

    I first met Aimee Dawis last month, in an elevator in Guiyang, China It was in the morning before the China ASEAN Symposium organized by Guizhou University Least to say, it was a brief encounter, probably uneventful I thought that Aimee was Chinese, like the other 1.3 billion people in that land Then again, it is possible that Aimee may have also thought that I was Chinese, from somewhere in Guangdong, where the people can sometimes be of darker skin.Now, when looking back, having just finis I first met Aimee Dawis last month, in an elevator in Guiyang, China It was in the morning before the China ASEAN Symposium organized by Guizhou University Least to say, it was a brief encounter, probably uneventful I thought that Aimee was Chinese, like the other 1.3 billion people in that land Then again, it is possible that Aimee may have also thought that I was Chinese, from somewhere in Guangdong, where the people can sometimes be of darker skin.Now, when looking back, having just finished Aimee s book, I can say how appropriate that encounter was The confusion of identity And thus, the struggle to resurrect, rediscover, redeem this identity This is the underlying theme of Aimee s book, titled Orang Indonesia Tionghoa Mencari Identitas Chinese Indonesians In Search of Identity The book looks at the experience of Chinese Indonesians during the New Order era of Soeharto s dictatorial regime which ended in 1998 An era when freedoms were limited, andso, expressions of Chineseness, through written and spoken literature, performance arts, traditional ceremonies and the media, were simply not allowed They were all banned.Forced into assimilation, the Chinese Indonesians were legally stripped off their cultural ties to Mainland China, the land of their forefathers However, Aimee argues that within such an environment, Chinese Indonesians managed to find semblances of their Chinese identity in the form of Chinese drama series, which were contraband items, whose possession could risk legal penalties.Many who watched these drama series most coming from Taiwan and Hongkong, two entities that were always careful to maintain a distance from Communist Mainland China found some comfort in the values, ideas, and images projected in the series They gave the viewers a sense of what it probably means to be of Chinese background, in a surrounding devoid of any Chinese cultural symbols.To those who felt prejudiced by the New Order s dictatorial regime, the Chinese drama series gave their viewers a sense of a desired other , and imagined escape from their daily hardship To those searching for their cultural roots, the series gave them a sense of an imagined homeland And to those feeling disjointed from the Indonesian community at large, the Chinese drama series provided a feeling of imagined community , a feeling of belonging to something.While appreciating her insights into the connection between media as represented by the drama series and identity, I also enjoyed Aimee s discussion of the plurality of Chinese Indonesians Indonesians too often like to see the Chinese Indonesian community as a single, exclusive identity Many times, this has been to the detriment of these Chinese Indonesians Resentment towards affluent Chinese Indonesians often results in hardships for the poorer ones, just because they are of the same descent Therefore, recognition of plurality is a step towards breaking down exclusiveness, and the prejudices that come along with it.What I like about this book is the honest tone with which it is written Aimee doesn t pretend to know it all, admitting that as a native ethnographer she issusceptible to getting things wrong in the guise of supposed truths than right As a result, she allows the facts to speak, and the opinions to surface without major adulteration Aimee merely provides a framework of thought to guide the reader into understanding the underlying theme of her analysis.Employing narrations obtained from focus group discussions involving Chinese Indonesians growing up during the New Order era, the book does not shy away from the stereotypes, prejudices, and feelings that color the uneasy relationship between Chinese and non Chinese Indonesians It contained accounts of Chinese Indonesians from Sumatera to Papua, those who regard themselves as totok and peranakan , those who speak Chinese and didn t In the end, the book says things the way they are, and not the way most Indonesians often prefer to.So honest was Aimee that she wrote this at the beginning of the book Ini baru sebuah awal This is just a beginning And if this is so, then I certainly am looking forward to what s to follow Not only the views that Aimee would develop in the future, but as a whole, the body of literature on Chinese Indonesians, identity politics, the diaspora, Indonesian studies, China studies, and even diplomacy A body of literature born in a freer Indonesia, based and carried out by people relishing in these new freedoms Aimee actually outlined some of the possible directions for such studies The possibilities are endless Maybe, just maybe, I can be part of this movement I think that the notion of a confusion of identity will never wholly disappear Not with the Chinese Indonesians Not with every Indonesian in general, who live in a country so diverse and various For identities are never singular, and people are free to assume multiple identities in this globalized world More studies on this theme, however, would raise greater awareness of the values, the prejudices, and the sentiments that we live with every day To make us feelgrounded, and assured of each and one of our identities To make us recognize that what we deemed to be truths are sometimes actually far from it At least, having read this book, the next time around I will know who Aimee Dawis is And that ll be something, cause that s one identity I would not be confused of


  2. Budi Kurniawan Budi Kurniawan says:

    Studi yang sistematis dan teliti tentang pencarian identitas orang Indonesia Tionghoa di masa Orde Baru, khususnya dalam hubungan dengan media film Hongkong Menarik dan cukup memberikan motivasi untuk meneliti orang Indonesia Tionghoa setelah 1998, bagaimana negosiasi dalam konstruksi identitas mereka berkembang, atau dibentuk bagi generasi yang lahir pasca 1998 Ada satu hal yang cukup mengganjal, disebutkan bahwa novel Ko Ping Ho adalah dasar cerita Return of the Condor Heroes Ini tidak bena Studi yang sistematis dan teliti tentang pencarian identitas orang Indonesia Tionghoa di masa Orde Baru, khususnya dalam hubungan dengan media film Hongkong Menarik dan cukup memberikan motivasi untuk meneliti orang Indonesia Tionghoa setelah 1998, bagaimana negosiasi dalam konstruksi identitas mereka berkembang, atau dibentuk bagi generasi yang lahir pasca 1998 Ada satu hal yang cukup mengganjal, disebutkan bahwa novel Ko Ping Ho adalah dasar cerita Return of the Condor Heroes Ini tidak benar, karena Return of the Condor Heroes adalah novel karya Jin Yong


  3. Indah Threez Lestari Indah Threez Lestari says:

    870 2013


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