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Author: Jemma (Elizabeth) Purdey

Title: Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia, 1996-1999

Subtitle: -

Place: Singapore

Publisher: NUS Press

Year: 2005

Pages: xvi + 300pp.

Series: ASAA Southeast Asian Publications Series

ISBN-13: 9789971693329 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Indonesian History


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  Preface (p. ix)
  A Note on Translation (p. xv)
  Map of Indonesia and Java (p. xvi)
  1. Chinese Indonesians: A Minority in the Middle (p. 1)
  2. Spreading Discontent (p. 38)
  3. Rising Anti-Chinese Sentiment (p. 77)
  4. The Climax (p. 106)
  5. The Aftermath: Representing and Remembering (p. 142)
  6. Regime Change and Transition (p. 162)
  Conclusion (p. 207)
    A. Cases of Violence against Chinese Indonesians, 1996-99 (p. 219)
    B. Members of the Joint Fact Finding Team (p. 221)
    C. Presidential Instruction Number 26 1998 (p. 223)
    D. Presidential Instruction Number 4 1999 (p. 225)
  Glossary and Abbreviations (p. 227)
  Notes (p. 235)
  Bibliography (p. 271)
  Index (p. 294)

Editions: Purdey, Jemma. Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia, 1996-1999. Honolulu 2006.


»Indonesians of Chinese descent constitute only two to three per cent of the country's population but dominate the private business sector. Serious acts of violence against this ethnic minority occurred during Indonesia's colonial past, and after a period relatively free of such incidents became increasingly frequent during the final years of Suharto's New Order.
In this first book-length study of anti-Chinese hostility during the collapse of Suharto's regime, Jemma Purdey presents a close analysis of the main incidents of violence during the transitional period between 1996 and 1999, and the unprecedented process of national reflection that ensued. The mass violence that accompanied the fall of the regime in May 1998 affected not only ethnic Chinese but also indigenous or pribumi Indonesians.
The author places anti-Chinese riots within this broader context, considering causes and agency as well as the way violence has been represented. While ethnicity and prejudice are central to the explanation put forward, she concludes that politics, economics and religion offer additional keys to understanding why such outbreaks occurred.« (Source: NUS Press)

Thesis: Purdey, Jemma. Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia, 1996-1999. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Melbourne, 2002.

Wikipedia: History of Indonesia: Discrimination against Chinese Indonesians May 1998 riots of Indonesia