The politics of Mandarin fever in contemporary Indonesia: Resinicization, economic impetus, and China’s soft power

Chang Yau Hoon, Esther Kuntjara

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-594
Number of pages22
JournalAsian Survey
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


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