Rioting mobs take their anger out on the portrait of Indonesia’s once wealthiest man, Liem Sioe Liong, after they looted and burned his house in Jakarta in 1998. Ethnic Chinese like Lim have controlled much of Indonesia’s commerce, which made them a target for violent acts. Photo: Reuters Rioting mobs take their anger out on the portrait of Indonesia’s once wealthiest man, Liem Sioe Liong, after they looted and burned his house in Jakarta in 1998. Ethnic Chinese like Lim have controlled much of Indonesia’s commerce, which made them a target for violent acts. Photo: Reuters
Rioting mobs take their anger out on the portrait of Indonesia’s once wealthiest man, Liem Sioe Liong, after they looted and burned his house in Jakarta in 1998. Ethnic Chinese like Lim have controlled much of Indonesia’s commerce, which made them a target for violent acts. Photo: Reuters

Coronavirus spreads anti-Chinese feeling in Southeast Asia, but the prejudice goes back centuries

  • The emergence of the novel coronavirus in China triggered a rise in anti-Chinese hate speech in Indonesia and discrimination elsewhere in the region
  • Such prejudice has a long history, and the Covid-19 pandemic is causing economic upheaval, which in the past has led to violence against Chinese communities

Topic |   Chinese overseas
Rioting mobs take their anger out on the portrait of Indonesia’s once wealthiest man, Liem Sioe Liong, after they looted and burned his house in Jakarta in 1998. Ethnic Chinese like Lim have controlled much of Indonesia’s commerce, which made them a target for violent acts. Photo: Reuters Rioting mobs take their anger out on the portrait of Indonesia’s once wealthiest man, Liem Sioe Liong, after they looted and burned his house in Jakarta in 1998. Ethnic Chinese like Lim have controlled much of Indonesia’s commerce, which made them a target for violent acts. Photo: Reuters
Rioting mobs take their anger out on the portrait of Indonesia’s once wealthiest man, Liem Sioe Liong, after they looted and burned his house in Jakarta in 1998. Ethnic Chinese like Lim have controlled much of Indonesia’s commerce, which made them a target for violent acts. Photo: Reuters
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