Ethnic Chinese protest during the Indonesian National Revolution. Photo: from an album named ‘Chinese Atrocities’, box 19, folder 11, Niels A. Douwes Dekker Papers, No 3480, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library

Migration, identity and revolution: how the Chinese shaped Indonesia

  • Historian Zhou Taomo in her new book looks at the complex ties between China and Indonesia in the cold war
  • Zhou argues that migration and activism by ethnic Chinese were major forces moulding relations between Beijing and Jakarta. Here are some excerpts:
Topic |   Indonesia

TOP PICKS

Ethnic Chinese protest during the Indonesian National Revolution. Photo: from an album named ‘Chinese Atrocities’, box 19, folder 11, Niels A. Douwes Dekker Papers, No 3480, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
READ FULL ARTICLE
An anti-Chinese demonstration in Jakarta, 1967. Photo: AFP

Taiwan or communism? The Chinese who fled Indonesia and had to choose

  • Racial discrimination prompted ethnic Chinese to flee Indonesia in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Many opted for Taiwan over communist-led mainland China – and not just because of politics
Topic |   Chinese overseas

TOP PICKS

An anti-Chinese demonstration in Jakarta, 1967. Photo: AFP
READ FULL ARTICLE