Indonesia's Tionghoa tensions: Revival of identity politics against Indonesia's ethnic Chinese

The revival of identity politics and lingering prejudice against the ethnic Chinese community complicate campaigning for Jokowi

Both candidates in Indonesia's upcoming presidential election, Mr Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Mr Prabowo Subianto, seek the support of ethnic Chinese Indonesians.

Yet, in a telling sign of the sensitive state of race relations, both fight shy of openly courting them, as reflected in their formal Lunar New Year greetings on Twitter.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2019, with the headline 'Indonesia's Tionghoa tensions'. Print Edition | Subscribe