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Language Ungoverned: Indonesia's Chinese Print Entrepreneurs, 1911-1949

Tom G. Hoogervorst


By exploring a rich array of Malay texts from novels and newspapers to poems and plays, this book examines how the Malay of the Chinese-Indonesian community defied linguistic and political governance under Dutch colonial rule, offering a fresh perspective on the subversive role of language in colonial power relations. As a liminal colonial population, the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia resorted to the press for their education, legal and medical advice, conflict resolution, and entertainment. The book deftly depicts how the linguistic choices made by these print entrepreneurs brought Chinese-infl ... More

Keywords: Malay, Chinese-Indonesian community, Dutch colonial rule, colonial power relations, language, ethnic Chinese, Indonesia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501758225
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501758225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom G. Hoogervorst, author
Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies