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Chinese Indonesians And Regime Change: Alternative Perspectives

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This chapter discusses religious conversion among Chinese Indonesians during the turbulent times of the late 1990s, in which Indonesia witnessed a political regime change. It explores conversion to Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity of a group of Chinese Indonesian business people in the city of Yogyakarta. The chapter discusses the empirical data gathering process. This is followed by a brief outline, in a contextual manner, of the socio-political and socio-economic position of Chinese Indonesians as well as the major characteristics of Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity. Next, the chapter presents three cases that show how the converted Chinese Indonesians relate their newfound religion to their personal, business, and nation-state positions. It analyzes these narratives for their role and meaning among Chinese Indonesians in the most recent period of regime change in Indonesia.

Keywords:Chinese Indonesians; Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity; Yogyakarta



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