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Chinese Indonesians: How Many,Who and Where

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Evi Nuvidya Arifin, M. Sairi Hasbullah, and Agus Pramono. “Chinese Indonesians: How Many and Where”, Asian Ethnicity, 2016, on-line.

This paper provides new statistics to the debate on percentage of Chinese Indonesians, using the latest 100% data set of the 2010 population census. It reveals that the statistics is closer to the low side of the debate, less than 2.0%, rather than the high side of 3.0% and more. Ethnicity is here self-defined by the respondents. With 1.2%, the Chinese Indonesians ranked as the 15th largest group of more than 600 ethnic groups. This paper also produces statistics at the district level, the first ever statistics on Chinese Indonesians. It finds that some provinces and districts have large percentages of Chinese Indonesians, but the respective total population are relatively small to the total Indonesia’s population. Majority of provinces and districts (25 out of 33 provinces and 415 out of 497 districts) have lower percentage of Chinese than the national figure.

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Filed under: Demography, English, Ethnic Diversity, Indonesia, Statistics, Ethnicity, Uncategorized,

POWERPOINT ON UNCOVERING INDONESIA’S ETHNIC DIVERSITY: THE NATIONAL, PROVINCIAL, AND DISTRICT LEVELS

6 December 2014

Dear Readers,

Indonesia is a very large country, with at least 600 ethnic groups. Utilizing the availability of statistics on ethnicity from 2010 Indonesia Population Census and the “New Classification of Indonesia’s Ethnic Groups”, Evi Nurvidya Arifin, Aris Ananta, and Dwi Retno Wilujeng Wahyu Utami attempt to uncover Indonesia’s ethnic diversity at the national, provincial, and district Levels. This is an ethno-demographic study, analysing ethnicity (in this case ethnic diversity) using statistics.

Uncovering Indonesia’s Ethnic Diversity is the powerpoint presented in an ISEAS public seminar, Singapore, 18 November 2014.

You may quote this powerpoint.

A short description of the seminar can be seen here.

Best regards,

Aris Ananta

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Reviews on Indonesia’s Population Ethnicity and Religion in a Changing Political Landscape

Indonesia’s Population: Ethnicity and Religion in a Changing Political Landscape was published in 2003, by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.

Graeme Hugo, PhD.,  Professor of Geography, Director, The National Centre for Social Applications of Geographic Information Systems, The University of Adelaide, said:

  • “This is a most interesting book to all students of Indonesian society. It presents data on religion and ethnicity collected in the 2000 Indonesian census in an accessible way. The 2000 census was the first since the colonial Volkstelling of 1930 to collect information on ethnicity. Although Indonesia is one of the worlds most ethnically heterogeneous nations  both the Orde Lama of President Sukarno and Orde Baru of President Suharto eschewed recognition of ethnic groups in the interest of developing national unity. Hence the data examined in this book have been long awaited by many Indonesianists. ” His full review is here.

Sharon Siddique, a partner in a Singapore-based regional consulting firm, mentioned that  the book is “New Light on Indonesia’s Ethnic Makeup”. She further  said

“…This book lays out a feast of data for the thoughtful. It is particularly timely as businessmen, scholars and journalists grapple with the implications of Indonesia’s decentralization policies on provincial-level politics and development dynamics. Certainly ethnicity and religion are issues that require careful consideration. This book is an invaluable reference.” Her full review is here.

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In Indonesia: A Lion Dance, an Islamic New Year, and the Anniversary of a City

Evi Nurvidya Arifin
Aris Ananta

OPINION ASIA, 21 Dec 2009

It was in the morning of December 17th, 2009, when we received an email in Bahasa Indonesia from our Muslim friend living in Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia.

Albeit in broken English, the email stated “Peace be upon you, good morning and be prosperous for all of you. Today, there will be a Barongsay festival for the region of Ciayumajakuning conducted in front of the Tumenggeng Wiracula (Sam Cay Khong) graveyard, South Sukalila at 2.pm to 3.30 pm. Shall we watch the festival together!!!”

Our friend told us that the Barongsay festival – Barongsay refers to the Chinese lion dance in Indonesia – was one of a series of performances on occasion of the 640th anniversary of the city of Cirebon. On December 18th 2009, the city celebrated its 640th birthday, ostensibly just another ordinary anniversary. However, the day also marked the first day of the Muharram month of the Islamic New Year (1431). In Indonesia, the Islamic New Year is a public holiday. This year it fell on Friday, meaning a long weekend!

The aforementioned email portended a number of themes that intersect fascinatingly in recent Indonesian history.

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