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A decade after the Reform: political activism of the Chinese of West Kalimantan, Indonesia


Tanasaldy, WT, A decade after the Reform: political activism of the Chinese of West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Asian Ethnicity, 16, (4) pp. 446-479. ISSN 1463-1369 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14631369.2015.1005035


Political reform after the departure of President Soeharto’s New Order (1966–1998) provided opportunities for previously oppressed social groups to express their concerns and to demand fair recognition. The results of this newly found freedom have been quite immediately visible in Jakarta, where social and political institutions spearheaded by Chinese originally sprouted. In the regions, political participation of ethnic Chinese has also grown; significantly in those regions with a large Chinese population. In West Kalimantan, the number of Chinese being elected to local parliaments in some regions has doubled. They have also contested numerous direct local executive elections since 2003 and have been successful in winning four posts: a mayor, a district head, a deputy district head, and a deputy governor. By looking at the case of West Kalimantan, this article will examine the factors behind the growth in Chinese political activism, the factors contributing to the success of Chinese candidates in elections, how the Chinese have influenced local and provincial politics, and the challenges they are facing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Other human society
Research Field:Studies of Asian society
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Tanasaldy, WT (Dr Taufiq Tanasaldy)
ID Code:99158
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-03-16
Last Modified:2016-09-29

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