Urbanism and Ethnic Minority: Chinese Quarters and Society in Jakarta-Indonesia 1600–Present

  • Bagoes Wiryomartono


The role and function of Chinese culture and society in the archipelago are apparently and undeniably important in terms of architecture, socioeconomic, and cultural activities, as well as culinary and leisure. This study argues that the significance of Chinese contribution to urbanism in Indonesia is crucially reliant upon its patrimonial culture and tradition. The aim of this study is to investigate the aspects and practices of patrimonial urbanism concerning the contribution of Chinese urban tradition and culture to urbanism in Indonesia today. This study is intended to divulge and unfold the contribution of Chinese urban tradition and culture to the development of Jakarta. Historically, the existence of the Chinese quarter has been part of the reality of urbanism in Indonesia under the patrimonial governance based on racially segregated politics. Despite its hardship of the process, the disappearance of the China town is a sign that the Chinese populations have been well integrated into the Indonesian society. However, it does not mean that patrimonial hegemony has been dissolved, but it has been transformed from divisive grouping to collusive exclusiveness.


Chinese quarters Batavia Dutch V.O.C Colonial urbanism 


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