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The Memoir of a Chinese Indonesian Family in the Twentieth Century

by Pearson, Stuart

Millions of Chinese have left the mainland over the last two centuries in search of new beginnings. The majority went to Southeast Asian countries. The single largest destination was the colony of the Dutch East Indies, now known as Indonesia. Wherever the Chinese landed they prospered, but in Indonesia, even though some families made fortunes, they never felt they quite belonged. This book is the account of one Chinese-Indonesian family whose story stretches over five generations as their fortunes waxed and waned through revolution, riots, war, depression, occupation, and finally emigration to yet another country-Australia. Through the memoir of his mother-in-law An Utari Sudibjo, the author offers a unique insight into a world rarely seen before and is written from a woman’s perspective. It is a valuable resource for anyone studying Dutch colonial and Indonesian history. It is especially valuable as a resource on the Chinese Diaspora. An Utari Sudibjo (born in 1912) was a fifth-generation Chinese resident of the Netherlands East Indies. In 1967, after a distinguished career as a senior civil servant in the Dutch colonial and then the Indonesian Education Department, she and her husband emigrated to Australia where they operated a restaurant for the next 30 years.

Paperback, 287 pages, Illustrated, maps, glossary, bibliography, index.

USD 28.95 / CAD 28.95

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