Dewi Anggraeni’s Breaking the Stereotype: Chinese Indonesian women tell their stories

Dewi Anggraeni’s third non-fiction book, Breaking the Sterotype: Chinese Indonesian women tell their stories, is published by Indra Publishing, and will be launched in Melbourne on 10 November 2010.

The Indonesian version of the book, Mereka Bilang Aku Cina: Jalan mendaki menjadi bagian Bangsa, is published by Bentang Pustaka, Yogyakarta, and was launched in Jakarta on 20 October 2010.

In his foreword to the English version, Associate Professor (Emeritus) Dr Charles A. Coppel, the University of Melbourne, states that:

Breaking the Stereotype … marks [Dewi’s] first venture into biography, but we already know from the sub-title (‘Chinese Indonesian women tell their stories’) that this is another form of storytelling.

These are the stories of Chinese Indonesian women … [who] remained in Indonesia through the longue durée of the Suharto New Order with its discrimination against ethnic Chinese, suppression of public expression of Chineseness, and outbreaks of anti-Chinese violence.

Underlying and feeding into these phenomena were negative stereotypes of the ethnic Chinese. … In telling the stories of these Chinese Indonesian women, Dewi shows us something of the variety of their experience. In so doing, she is deliberately seeking to break the negative stereotype of the ethnic Chinese and to allow us to see these individuals in the context of their Chinese ethnicity and in their full humanity.

ISBN  9781920787196


pb  210 x 138 mm

240 pp

Illustrations, Bibliography & Index


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