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From official to grassroots racism: transformation of Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Indonesia


Tanasaldy, W, From official to grassroots racism: transformation of Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Indonesia, Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy pp. 1-9. ISSN 0090-5917 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-923X.13148


Indonesia has a long history of racism towards its Chinese population dating back to colonial times. Its population has suffered through discriminatory policies and a series of racist riots, some sponsored by the state. This article examines the transformation of racism towards the Indonesian Chinese by summarising the past, before investigating recent developments. While the Chinese have enjoyed unprecedented political freedom since the fall of the racist New Order regime, they have been witnessing worrying developments, including: continuing racist attitudes of some officials and political elites; a proliferation of Shariah-inspired bylaws in the regions; and lastly, unresolved grassroots racism. Grassroots racism has become more difficult to tackle as it has intertwined with religious issues, making being anti-Chinese justifiable. This article suggests that a counter-narrative from Islamic moderate civil organisations would be needed to redress the religious sentiment in native Chinese relations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:racism, discrimination, ethnicity, Indonesian Chinese, political Islam, conservative Islam, anti-racism, Chinese diaspora
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Religious studies
Research Field:Religion, society and culture
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Religion
Objective Field:Religion and society
UTAS Author:Tanasaldy, W (Dr Taufiq Tanasaldy)
ID Code:151025
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Global Cultures and Languages
Deposited On:2022-07-13
Last Modified:2022-09-30

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