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Chinese Indonesians in Post-Suharto IndonesiaDemocratisation and Ethnic Minorities$
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Wu-Ling Chong

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455997

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455997.001.0001

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Democratisation and Ethnic Minorities

Democratisation and Ethnic Minorities

A Look at Indonesia’s Democratisation and the Ethnic Chinese*

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3 Democratisation and Ethnic Minorities
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Chinese Indonesians in Post-Suharto Indonesia
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Wu-Ling Chong

Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888455997.003.0003

This chapter discusses the democratisation process in post-Suharto Indonesia and the role of Chinese Indonesians in the democratisation process. The opening up of democratic politics in the post-Suharto era has offered opportunities for the Chinese to participate directly in electoral politics and run for public office. The relatively liberal socio-cultural environment also allows the Chinese openly to express their ethnic and cultural identities. However, the democratisation process has been marred by poor enforcement of the rule of law, the capture of state institutions and political parties by old and some new predatory interests, and rampant political thuggery. This allows some Chinese to continue gaining wealth through illegal or semi-legal means, and contributes to the continuing, if not growing, ambivalent attitude held towards Chinese Indonesians.

Keywords:   democratisation, decentralisation, ethnic minorities, post-Suharto Indonesia

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