The Ethnic Chinese in Indonesia: Issues of Identity

  • Mely G. Tan
  • A. Dahana

Abstract

It was thirty-four years ago that the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia had to make an active choice between Indonesian or Chinese (People’s Republic of China) citizenship, based on the Sino-Indonesian Treaty on Dual Nationality, signed in Bandung on 22 April 1955. After due process, which took almost five years, during a two-year period from January 1960 to January 1962, those who were considered to have dual citizenship had to declare in a court of law that they rejected Chinese citizenship if they wanted to opt for Indonesian citizenship.1 For virtually all of the ethnic Chinese qualified to take this action, this was the first time they had to face the reality of deciding who they were, where they were and how they saw their future — in other words, to determine their identity.

Keywords

Transportation Income Assimilation Malaysia Conglomerate 

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  • A. Dahana

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