A man prays during Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters
A man prays during Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters
Indonesia

‘Cina’ to ‘Tionghoa’: why do Indonesians use English to talk about the Chinese?

  • Usage of ‘Tionghoa’ became official in 2014, but it needed a presidential decree amid considerable controversy to replace the derogatory former term
  • But modern usage trends towards using the English word, a sign of an increasingly popular linguistic transition among the Indonesian middle class

A man prays during Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters
A man prays during Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters
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