China’s New Policy and Its Impact: The Case of Chinese Indonesians
INDONESIA STUDIES PROGRAMME SEMINAR
About the Seminar
This seminar attempts to explain Beijing’s new policy towards the Chinese overseas and its impacts with special reference to the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia, a democratic Muslim-majority country. What has been its impact on ethnic Chinese business and economic status, education, mass media, community life, political orientation and ethnic relations in the country? Apparently the policy has uneven impact on the Chinese community in Indonesia. The impact can be felt among the business community, especially the older generation, Chinese-speaking businessmen who often have business links with China. The impact on the Indonesian-speaking population, especially the younger generation, appeared to be more limited. Nevertheless, more detailed and careful analysis is needed.
About the Speaker
Leo Suryadinata Ph.D., is currently Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (Singapore), and Professor (Adj.), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), NTU. He served as Director, the Chinese Heritage Centre (2006-2013, NTU) and was a Professor in the Department of Political Science, NUS, before joining NTU. He was also President of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO, 2007-2013). He has published extensively on ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia and China-ASEAN relations. His latest book is The Rise of China and the Chinese Overseas: Beijing’s Policy in Southeast Asia and Beyond (2017). In September 2018 he received a Cultural Award from Indonesia for his contribution to the study of Chinese Indonesians.