Manila’s Chinatown in Binondo district. Photo: Phila Siu

Why are Chinese workers so unpopular in Southeast Asia?

  • For decades Chinese migrants have sought refuge from upheavals at home by building new lives and businesses across Southeast Asia
  • But as a new breed of overseas worker from an ascendant China ruffles feathers, a fresh backlash threatens to derail their immigrant dreams
Topic |   Chinese overseas

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Manila’s Chinatown in Binondo district. Photo: Phila Siu
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Supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto clash with riot police in Jakarta in May. Photo: AP

What’s driving Indonesian paranoia over Chinese workers?

  • The number of Chinese workers in Indonesia is tiny, yet they are often the target of fake news – as in the post-election riots that killed 8 people in Jakarta
  • This distrust is rooted in history, culture and colonialism
Topic |   Chinese overseas

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Supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto clash with riot police in Jakarta in May. Photo: AP
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