Peranakan Chinese Identities in the Globalizing Malay Archipelago

Peranakan Chinese Identities in the Globalizing Malay Archipelago
Leo Suryadinata, author
Date of publication:  2022
Publisher:  ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Number of pages:  289
Code:  BM615
Soft Cover
ISBN: 9789814951678
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Pue Giok Hun ( Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), Malaysia National University ), Anthropos 118.2023.2., January 2024  

"The book contains fourteen chapters on themes and issues about Peranakan Chinese identities that are most synonymous with the author’s expertise as a Sinologist whose research work was mainly based on the Sino-Indonesian context. All in all, the book is interesting as it marks the perseverance and development of the Peranakan as a social phenomenon that is unique to the Malay Archipelago from the precolonial era up to the present."

Reviewed by Yerry Wirawan in the Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde , 2023, Vol. 179, No. 1 (2023), July 2023. Click here to read the review.

About the publication

Peranakan Chinese communities and their “hybrid” culture have fascinated many observers. This book, comprising fourteen chapters, was mainly based on papers written by the author in the last two decades. The chapters address Peranakan Chinese cultural, national and political identities in the Malay Archipelago, i.e., Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (IMS). This book is divided into two parts. Part I which is on the regional dimension, contains nine chapters that discuss the three countries and beyond. Part II consists of five chapters which focus on one country, i.e., Indonesia. This book not only discusses the past and the present, but also the future of the Peranakan Chinese.


  • Peranakan Chinese Identities in the Globalizing Malay Archipelago
    [Whole Publication, ISBN: 9789814951708], by Leo Suryadinata, author
  • Preliminary pages
  • 1. Peranakan and Other Related Terms
  • 2. Peranakan Chinese Identities in IMS (1): Indonesia
  • 3. Peranakan Chinese Identities in IMS (2): Malaysia and Singapore
  • 4. Peranakan Chinese Identities in IMS (3): The Resurgence of Peranakan Associations and Peranakan Identities
  • 5. Peranakan Chinese in IMS: The Socio-Political Dimension
  • 6. Malay/Indonesian Translations of Chinese Literature: Past and Present
  • 7. Innovation and Transformation: Peranakan Chinese Literatures/Publications in IMS
  • 8. Political and National Identities of Peranakan Chinese Leaders in IMS: Before and After Independence
  • 9. Prospects of the Peranakan Community: Comments on Dr Tan Ta Sen’s Speech
  • 10. Peranakan Chinese and the Indonesian Press, Language and Literature
  • 11. Muslim Chinese in Indonesia: Between Chinese-ness and Indonesian-ness
  • 12. State and “Chinese Religions” in Indonesia: Confucianism, Tridharma and Buddhism During the Suharto Rule and After
  • 13. Peranakan Chinese Politics and Decolonization in Indonesia
  • 14. The Integration of Indonesian Chinese into Mainstream Society: A Reflection
  • Appendix 1: The Prospects of the Peranakan Community at the Age of Globalization, by Tan Ta Sen
  • Appendix 2: Some Books on the Peranakan Chinese Published between 2007 and 2021
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author

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