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Business, Belief, And Belonging: Small Business Owners And Conversion To Charismatic Christianity

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This chapter describes what assimilation, as implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs, entailed for the Suharto regime, and to advance our general understanding of the relationship between the Indonesian state and Chinese Indonesians. It discusses how and why the now-condemned assimilation policy was originally implemented and became a prominent feature of the Suharto regime. By investigating the policies of the Ministry of Home Affairs (Departemen Dalam Negeri, hereafter referred to as DEPDAGRI), the chapter examines what assimilation actually meant to the government. It was the DEPDAGRI that was in charge of issuing assimilation policies under the Suharto regime. What the DEPDAGRI wanted to accomplish as far as assimilation was concerned was not what Sindhunata advocated— to elevate the status of the Chinese Indonesians in the Indonesian political scene. DEPDAGRI's goal was rather to depoliticize the Chinese Indonesians under the guise of the same assimilation agenda.

Keywords:assimilation policy; Chinese Indonesians; DEPDAGRI; Ministry of Home Affairs; Suharto regime



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