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Changing times, changing new year customs

Chinese New Year celebrations are a showcase, too, for changing values and practices in a community. Here are excerpts from Asia News Network writers

Ethnic Chinese-Indonesians praying during Chinese New Year celebrations at a temple in Bali last week. Years ago, under former president Suharto's policy of assimilation, everything connected to Chinese culture and language was forbidden, and Chinese
Ethnic Chinese-Indonesians praying during Chinese New Year celebrations at a temple in Bali last week. Years ago, under former president Suharto's policy of assimilation, everything connected to Chinese culture and language was forbidden, and Chinese New Year could be celebrated only within the confines of the home.

What young Chinese in Indonesia must not forget Aimee Dawis Jakarta Post

"Do you know your Chinese name?" a reporter from a Chinese daily asked me.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2018, with the headline 'Changing times, changing new year customs'. Subscribe