The fall of Suharto in 1998 opened up a new space for the public articulation of Chinese identity in Indonesia. Since the decrees that lifted the ban on Chinese language, Mandarin classes have had an unprecedented boom. This paper reflects on this phenomenon in the geopolitical context of the economic rise of China and its promotion of soft power, as well as the market forces that reward Mandarin competency in contemporary Indonesia.
The Politics of Mandarin Fever in Contemporary Indonesia: Resinicization, Economic Impetus, and China’s Soft Power
Chang-Yau Hoon is Director and Associate Professor at the Centre for Advanced Research, Universiti Brunei Darussalam in Bandar Seri Begawan, and Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia in Perth. He was Visiting Scholar at the Centre for China’s Relations with Neighboring Countries, Fudan University, Shanghai, in Fall 2017, when he first drafted this article. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Esther Kuntjara is Professor of Linguistics and Culture at the Faculty of Letters, and Founder of the Center for Chinese Indonesian Studies, Petra Christian University, Surabaya, Indonesia.Email: <email@example.com>.
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Chang-Yau Hoon, Esther Kuntjara; The Politics of Mandarin Fever in Contemporary Indonesia: Resinicization, Economic Impetus, and China’s Soft Power. Asian Survey 1 June 2019; 59 (3): 573–594. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2019.59.3.573
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