Senin, 02 Juni 2014

Chinese-Indonesian Now and Then: What Is So Different?

Known for its apparently great diversity, Indonesia is comprised of myriads of individuals from many disparate backgrounds, one of which is the heterogeneity of ethnicity.  There are approximately more than 1000 ethnic groups living together as a single community and the Chinese have become one integral part of it. The Chinese, albeit merely constituting less than one percent of the entire population, have been playing significant roles throughout the Indonesian history. Notwithstanding, it does not mean that they do not encounter much persecution and discrimination. In fact, they have struggled tenaciously, even hitherto, to have their rights and contribution recognized by other dominant groups. So arduously have they endeavored that they are eventually able to reap the fruition of their efforts. Such betterment can be observed through several substantial changes regarding their existence nowadays vis-à-vis those living in the past, notably under the previous regime.

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