Chinese Indonesian Felicia Oenica, 26, said her ability to speak Mandarin meant she got a higher starting salary than some of her peers. Photo: Randy Mulyanto

Indonesians studying Mandarin look to Taiwan for language immersion and the lifestyle

  • Under Suharto’s rule, Chinese Indonesians were discouraged from speaking Mandarin, but are now embracing it as China invests in the country
  • Many have chosen to study in Taiwan, which offers scholarships, a good lifestyle and an opportunity to learn traditional Mandarin
Topic |   Indonesia

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Chinese Indonesian Felicia Oenica, 26, said her ability to speak Mandarin meant she got a higher starting salary than some of her peers. Photo: Randy Mulyanto
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Randy Mulyanto

Randy Mulyanto

Randy Mulyanto is a Taipei-based freelance journalist. His work has appeared in Al Jazeera, BBC, Lowy Institute's The Interpreter, and Vice.