Life:: Chinese identity

Indonesia, Sulawesi, Manado. Ban Hin Kiong Temple is a popular tourism spot in Manado

Indonesia, Sulawesi, Manado. Ban Hian Kiong Buddhist-Confucian Temple in Manado, where the Chinese community hold yearly celebrations. It is a 19th century Buddhist temple. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Identifying someone in Indonesia as a member of the Chinese (orang Tionghoa) ethnic group is not an easy matter, because physical characteristics, language, name, geographical location, and life-style of Chinese Indonesians are not always distinct from those of the rest of the population. Census figures do not record Chinese as a special group, and there are no simple racial criteria for membership in this group.

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