Stanley Widianto

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Indonesian films often show ethnic Chinese in a bad light – but filmmakers are turning their backs on old stereotypes

Chinese characters in Indonesian cinema either had exaggerated accents, or were corrupt businessmen exploiting workers in a whirl of lion dances and firecrackers. Film directors like Sidi Saleh now want to give a true portrayal

3 May 2018 - 8:36PM

Chinese characters in Indonesian cinema either had exaggerated accents, or were corrupt businessmen exploiting workers in a whirl of lion dances and firecrackers. Film directors like Sidi Saleh now want to give a true portrayal

Indonesian films often show ethnic Chinese in a bad light – but filmmakers are turning their backs on old stereotypes
The day my Chinese dad was declared a ‘bona fide’ Indonesian and given a new name

Stanley Widianto is too young to recall the last time Indonesians turned on their Chinese neighbours, but seeing Jakarta’s Chinese Indonesian governor jailed by a court this year was a jolting reminder of the official prejudice his own father had to overcome

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Stanley Widianto is too young to recall the last time Indonesians turned on their Chinese neighbours, but seeing Jakarta’s Chinese Indonesian governor jailed by a court this year was a jolting reminder of the official prejudice his own father had to overcome

The day my Chinese dad was declared a ‘bona fide’ Indonesian and given a new name