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Discrimination, sport and nation building among Indonesian Chinese in the 1950s

Tanasaldy, T ORCID: 0000-0002-3788-7392 and Palmer, C ORCID: 0000-0001-8345-7556 2019 , 'Discrimination, sport and nation building among Indonesian Chinese in the 1950s' , Indonesia and The Malay World , pp. 1-19 , doi:

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This article examines the attempts to promote sport amongIndonesian athletes during the 1950s. Drawing on archival andsecondary sources from the period immediately afterIndependence, the article analyses the processes and practicesthrough which ethnic Chinese athletes in Indonesia werepositioned in opposition to the Indigenous athletes andprogressively marginalised from competitive sport on the nationaland international stage. The article argues that some of theattempts to counter these practices through affirmative actionpolicies and strategies imposed by the new Indonesiangovernment led to forms of boundary-making or discriminationthat were enforced to better promote the achievements ofIndigenous athletes at a time when its ethnic Chinese citizenswere visibly dominant in some sporting arenas. The study ofethnic discrimination by the Indonesian government of the timeprovides a compelling example of the ways in which dominantand historical discourses of nationalism may be contested bychallenges to the legitimacy of athletic identities.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Tanasaldy, T and Palmer, C
Keywords: sport, Indonesia
Journal or Publication Title: Indonesia and The Malay World
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1363-9811
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