Peranakan's Search for National Identity : Biographical Studies of Seven Indonesian Chinese, by Suryadinata, Leo
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- ISBN: 9789812103611 | 9812103619
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 10/30/2004
For the Peranakan Chinese in Indonesia, this century has brought many changes which have heightened the dilemma of their identity, both as a minority group and as individuals. With the rising tide of nationalism in Southeast Asia, the Peranakan were torn between their ancestral identity as Chinese, and their own cultural identity in the former Netherlands Indies, where they had been born, lived, intermarried and become part of local society to the extend that they no longer even spoke Chinese. Dutch colonial society and education which emphasised the concept of race and ethnic identity added further complexity to their dilemma. Professor Suryadinata examines how different Peranakan, each prominent in his own rights in both cultural and political spheres, sought in his own way to find and establish an identity that was personal as well as significant in the wider context of being Peranakan in Indonesia.