A Chinese Indonesian man offers incense as he prays at a temple in Jakarta’s Chinatown. Many who leave Indonesia for Taiwan struggle with their Chinese identity, and often still feel Indonesian. Photo: AFP

Chinese Indonesians in Taiwan struggle with language and identity to find acceptance

  • Fed up of being viewed as alien, or fearing violence, ethnic Chinese have been leaving Indonesia for Taiwan for decades, but struggle when they arrive
  • Because many can’t speak Mandarin, or speak it badly, and are unfamiliar with Chinese traditions, islanders don’t consider them Chinese even after years there
Topic |   Indonesia

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A Chinese Indonesian man offers incense as he prays at a temple in Jakarta’s Chinatown. Many who leave Indonesia for Taiwan struggle with their Chinese identity, and often still feel Indonesian. Photo: AFP
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