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Amidst Protests, Tense Times for Chinese Indonesians

In May 1998, Abui, a Chinese-Indonesian canteen owner, had a two year old daughter and another on the way. He and his pregnant wife didn’t dare sleep through the night; they took turns on the night watch for five days as rioters ransacked Chinese shops and neighborhoods. It was part of a hectic month of racially charged protests that wracked Java and Sumatra shortly before the collapse of Suharto’s New Order government. Having lived through that, Abui has been relatively unruffled by the...

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