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History of ethnic minorities in Indonesia

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The Chinese of Indonesia

"Ban ethnic Chinese" from some industries in Indonesia
From the Straits Times 25 October 1997. Mr. Rudini of the Association of Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI) calls for yet further government limitations on Chinese residents so as to avoid racial tensions.
Not-so-happy New Year for Chinese fearful they will be targets of violence
By Greg Torode, in South China Morning Post, Internet Edition, 27 January 1998. Ethnic tension due to econmic crisis, appearance of Chinese business tycoons, and their links with Suharto, result in limitations on Chinese cultural expression.
Economic crisis leads to scapegoating of ethnic Chinese
From Human Rights Watch, Asia Division, February 1998.
An Analysis of the Implication of Suharto's resignation for Chinese Indonesians
By M. Ocorandi, Worldwide HuaRen Peace Mission, 28 May 1998. Suharto's sudden resignation is only the beginning of a process of change in Indonesia which will influence the position of Chinese Indonesians, the majority of which will continue to stay there.
Correcting the myth about the dominance of ethnic Chinese in Indonesian business
Business World (Philippines), 8 January 1999. The myth that the Chinese constitute only 3.5% of the population, but control 70% of Indonesia's economy has been repeated so often now by the world press that everybody - including those sympathetic to the plight of Chinese Indonesians - seem to believe it. The source of the alleged fallacy is an Australian study that discounted all government and foreign listed companies when it tallied Indonesian companies.

Other ethnic identies in Indonesia

Indonesia's 'Amish' Live Outside Economy
By Eileen McBride, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 January 1998. The Baduy - a reclusive indigenous tribe that has lived in isolation since the mid-1500s when its members fled into the hills of the Sunda Highlands south of Jakarta to escape the spread of Islam across Indonesia. Four centuries later, they are still struggling to protect their way of life.
Ethnic and religious tension
A dialog form SEASIA-L, February 1998.
AMAN: Indonesia's new indigenous voice
Down to Earth, May 1999. The first ever Congress of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago has met in Jakarta. A new indigenous peoples' alliance, AMAN, has been launched and the need to address the issue of indigenous peoples has been brought to the attention of the government, the political parties and the public.