“This theoretically sophisticated, informative and highly readable book is the best thing I have read on what it means to be ‘Chinese’ in Indonesia since the fall of President Suharto in 1998.” Professor Charles A. Coppel, author of Indonesian Chinese in Crisis (1983) and Studying Ethnic Chinese in Indonesia (2002).
"It is a revelation to follow C.Y. Hoon as he skillfully navigates the treacherous waters of post-Suharto (1998) ethnic politics in Jakarta. This engrossing study heralds a new generation of Chinese diaspora scholarship.” Professor Evelyn Hu-Dehart, Director of Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University, USA.
“This is an important and thoughtful book on the identity of the Chinese in Indonesia since the fall of Suharto... the book presents sophisticated concepts and complex processes in a clear and readable way.” Professor Lyn Parker, author of From Subjects to Citizens: Balinese Villagers in the Indonesian Nation-State (2003).
“Hoon's keen insight into the dynamics of pribumi-Chinese relationship, Chinese publications and effects of policies on Chinese Indonesians is one of the pioneers in post-Suharto era Chinese study…. This is a well-written and argued book.” International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter.
“Hoon’s study especially fits neatly into an emerging scholarship by overseas or ethnic Chinese exploring and studying ‘Chineseness’ … Hoon’s own personal experience as an ethnic Chinese Southeast Asian (Brunei), who is able to pass as a local ethnic Chinese, gives him a unique insight and point of view into what it is like to be Chinese in Indonesia, how these stereotypes work in the everyday, and the ways they influence behaviors.” Indonesia (Cornell University).
“May 1998 saw both the student movement that toppled Suharto and some of the worst anti-Chinese violence in Indonesian history, explains Hoon, and Chinese residents responded by organizing to become more visible and legal. He looks at the situation a decade later, asking how Chinese-Indonesians self-identify, how important it is to recognize the potential for Chinese identity to transform and change, and other questions.” Reference & Research Book News.
“Sebagai editor, sungguh saya menikmati kajian Dr Hoon Chang yau ini. Barangkali ini adalah kajian terbaik mengenai etnis Tionghoa di Indonesia (khususnya di Jakarta) pada masa Reformasi dewasa ini. [As the editor, I really enjoy the work of Dr Hoon Chang Yau. This is perhaps the best research on the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia (especially in Jakarta) in the current Reformasi period].” Didi Kwartanada, Nabil Foundation, Jakarta.
“Buku Chang-yau Hoon ini merupakan sebuah karya akademis yang sangat bagus… Karya ini menjadi sangat penting untuk studi hubungan antar etnis di Indonesia karena ia menteoretisasikan ketionghoaan - yang bisa juga diganti dengan kejawaan, kesundaan, keislaman, kekristenan atau identitas etnis dan agama lainnya- melalui ide-ide asimilasi, multikulturalisme dan hibriditas agar menjadi apa yang dikatakannya "sangat berdaya guna", yaitu mentransformasikan dan merubah identitas, yang dalam buku ini mengacu pada identitas Tionghoa.” Dr Thung Ju-Lan, Research Centre for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences.
“CY Hoon’s Chinese Identity in Post-Suharto Indonesia… is a unique contribution to a vibrant and growing interdisciplinary field on the Chinese in Indonesia. Hoon’s well-written account interprets the very recent phenomenon of the resurgence of Chinese identity made possible by the end of Suharto’s authoritarian rule, and the reinstatement of democracy and growth of civil society in Indonesia. Based on his fieldwork and research, the author delivers novel insights about how individuals engage with the complexities of being Chinese Indonesian and/or Indonesian Chinese.” Professor Mina Roces, School of History and Philosophy, University of New South Wales.
“Hoon presents his interviews with both Chinese and non-Chinese Indonesians about their perceptions of ‘Chinese’ and ‘pribumi’, and how they understand the inter-ethnic divides… Readers can almost feel the extent of ethnic tensions, regardless of the government’s policies in the New Order Period.” Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania).
蕭新煌教授, Professor Michael Hsin-Huang Hsiao, Director of the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.
《當代印尼華人的認同》在觀察面向上所呈現的涵蓋力、在辯證理路上所呈現的邏輯性與對話性，以及從其豐富而細膩的經驗性資料所透露的對研究對象的深刻理解與研 究者的反身性等等，共同客觀地具體化本書的學術重要性。此一著作之問世，不僅直接地嘉惠印尼華人的研究者，對海外華人研究、族群研究、印尼研究等學術社群 而言，本書亦提供了刺激精彩的學術對話的素材。而台灣中文翻譯版的問世，對華文世界華人研究領域的入門者而言，更是一大福音；況且本書絕佳的翻譯品質，甚至會讓讀者感受到輕快閱讀帶來的幸福感。李美賢教授, Professor Lee Mei-Hsien, Head of Graduate School of Southeast Asian Studies, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan.
“雲昌耀博士於2008年出版專著《當代印尼華人認同》英文本，此後譯成中文本和印尼文本，受到國內外學者的廣泛重視和認真研究。細讀此書後，該書確實具有系列積極意義，值得我們，特別是年輕一代好好學習。雲昌耀屬於80後年輕一代學者，是地道的東盟年輕高級知識分份子，他創新研究後蘇哈多時 代印尼華人認同走向，是一個突出的創舉，特別是雲博士不是印尼華人，有此意願和決心，令我們十分敬佩，也讓我們慚愧。雲博士的研究方法是印華學者學習的好榜樣。雲博士為深入瞭解“印華認同＂問題，到雅加達進行參與觀察、田野訪談，運用“文本份析和口述歷史＂，收集到極為豐富的資料，本地文友或學者，在這方面實遠遠不如。” 李卓輝, Mr Li Cho Hui, Editor-in-Chief, Sin Chew Daily, Indonesia.
《當代印尼華人的認同》的作者雲昌耀，分析印尼政府的同化、排斥乃至多元文化尊重的治理流變，同時捕捉作為少數族群的華人再現、以及華人如何協商自我與原 住民之間的呈現與認同，進而拆解了族群認同與排斥的本質化操作。雖然研究係針對當代印尼華人認同，但這本書更重要的貢獻，不僅是批判歧視偏見的刻板化操作，更提醒了認同政治與多元文化的潛在問題。透過作者的分析，我們看見主流的文化依排斥他者的自我認同，建立了自身行使暴力的正當性，另一方面雖然弱勢少 數文化藉由自我認同而集結發出抵抗的聲音，但其危機往往也是其自我認同建構是相對於主流這個他者而生，因而標榜差異，其實又落入彼此二元的本質對立。作者的研究欲突顯出，對反之間不僅要能理解差異，更要能理解差異建構的社會脈絡、以及差異間的雜揉、異質與流動；也唯有看見差異本身的複雜變動與異質，才能超 越認同陷入本質化的局限、也才能讓差異真正共存。因此，無論是對台灣的族群問題、乃至各種文化認同運動，這本書都具有參考的意義。鄭亘良,台灣立報, Lih Pao Daily (Taiwan).
“Chinese Indonesians Reassessed is has succeeded admirably in moving beyond the ‘ethno-nationalist’ framework by presenting the Chinese Indonesians as a culturally heterogeneous community, with diverse culture, religious and political affiliations which inform their equally diverse notions of ‘being Chinese'" Asian Ethnicity.
“Chinese Indonesians Reassessed, a collection of essays edited by Siew-Min Sai and Chang-Yau Hoon, paints the current development of the ethnic Chinese by bringing a number of aspects, which altogether provides an interesting tableau”. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde.
Catalyst for Change: Chinese Business in Asia (2014, World Scientific)
This book serves as a textbook for courses on Asian studies with a focus on ethnic Chinese entrepreneurs and business management in Asia. It provides a comprehensive Asian perspective on the organizational peculiarities and changing business practices of ethnic Chinese businesses and their leaders who continue to form the backbone of Asia's dynamic economies. The book features selected chapters written by reputable scholars on Chinese business, covering diverse and yet closely related topics such as the role of ethnic identity, trust, guanxi, Chineseness, leadership, change management, learning and knowledge management in organizations owned and managed by ethnic Chinese.
"The book provides a good understanding of ethnic Chinese entrepreneurs in South-East Asia, how they struggled, from generation to generation, and became a force that to be reckoned with in the business world in Asia." -- Southern University College Academic Journal.
Contesting Chineseness: Ethnicity, Identity, and Nation in China and Southeast Asia (Springer, 2021)
“The Chinese overseas often saw themselves as caught between a rock and a hard place. The collection of essays here highlights the variety of experiences in Southeast Asia and China that suggest that the rock can become a huge boulder with sharp edges and the hard places can have deadly spikes. A must read for those who wonder whether Chineseness has ever been what it seems.” Wang Gungwu, University Professor, National University of Singapore.
“In a time when China’s rise to global power is an increasingly dominant concern worldwide, contestations of ‘Chineseness’—what it means, who it applies to and how it is defined—have acquired heightened intensity. As the Chinese party-state is increasingly intent on imposing its monolithic, China-centric and nationalistic definition of Chineseness on dispersed overseas Chinese communities around the world, the stakes have never been higher for the recognition of localized, hybridized and fluid understandings of what it means to be (or not to be) Chinese. This is especially the case in the countries of Southeast Asia, where generations of diasporic Chinese people have long made their homes while in varying ways maintaining, adjusting or discarding their identifications with Chineseness. This book is an excellent contribution to this endeavor. By including reflections on constructions of Chineseness in both China itself and in various Southeast Asian sites, the book shows that being Chinese is by no means necessarily intertwined with China as a geopolitical concept, while at the same time highlighting the incongruities and tensions in the escapable relationship with China that diasporic Chinese subjects variously embody, expressed in a wide range of social phenomena such as language use, popular culture, architecture and family relations. The book is a very welcome addition to the necessary ongoing conversation on Chineseness in the 21st century.” Ien Ang, Distinguished Professor of Cultural Studies, Western Sydney University.
“By bringing together scholars of different disciplines to discuss ‘Chineseness’ in both China and Southeast Asia, this book provides a comparative perspective to the discussion of culture, history and nation. It contributes substantially to the debate about the politics of identity and how Chineseness is constructed, expressed and contested.” Tan Chee-Beng, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Sun Yat-sen University.
“Contesting Chineseness: Ethnicity, Identity, and Nation in China and Southeast Asia offers a comprehensive coverage of how Chinese individuals and communities in Mainland China and Southeast Asia negotiate their identity from historical time to contemporary world. The papers in this volume argue that the notion of Chineseness is not monolithic and it cuts across time and space where Chinese identity is viewed as a lived, experienced and performed entity that is shaped by their inter-relationship with the state, other ethnicities and regional differences both within China and in the Southeast Asia. From interrogating the role of state in ancestor worship in ancient China to colonial architecture to individual voices and popular culture in Southeast Asia, the rich array of papers from this volume is a must read for scholars and students of migration, identity and Chinese Diaspora and Southeast Asian Studies.” Khun Eng Kuah, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Chinese Diaspora Studies, Jinan University.
“In an engaging tour de force, Chang-Yau Hoon and Ying-kit Chan propose a dynamic understanding of the idea of Chineseness as it is practiced and represented in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. By showing the depth and fluidity of identity imagination, the insightful case studies have traced the complexities of nationhood, citizenship, social and cultural formations, political histories, definitions and interpretive strategies of Chineseness. The essays in this volume capture also the effervescence of debates on hybridity, migration, nationalism, essentialism, identity markers, and they would relish historians, sociologists, anthropologist, as well as scholars and students in Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies.” Jérémy Jammes, Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies, Lyon Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po Lyon, France).