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Contemporary literature from the Chinese 'diaspora' in Indonesia


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Allen, PM (2003) Contemporary literature from the Chinese 'diaspora' in Indonesia. Asian Ethnicity, 4 (3). pp. 383-399. ISSN 1463-1369

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Since the fall of Suharto a number of Chinese-Indonesian writers have begun to write as Chinese-Indonesians, some using their Chinese names, some writing in Mandarin. New literary activities include the gathering, publishing and translating (from Mandarin) of short stories and poetry by Chinese-Indonesians. Pribumi Indonesians too have privileged Chinese ethnicity in their works in new and compelling ways. To date little of this new Chinese-Indonesian literary activity has been documented or evaluated in English. This paper begins to fill that gap by examining the ways in which recent literary works by and about Chinese-Indonesians give expression to their ethnic identity.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Chinese, Indonesia, literature, post-Suharto
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Ethnicity
Page Range: pp. 383-399
ISSN: 1463-1369
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/1343900032000117213
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Date Deposited: 02 May 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:14
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