I'm not saying that I'm a Cina Benteng. From what I have heard, it is true that they span more than 3 generations. I mean that since I'm a third generation Chinese, I have been automatically granted Indonesian citizenship since my mom and my dad are already Indonesian citizen.
Hm... But Cina Benteng is generally more than 3rd generation.
You mean, from generation to generation they don't have such document?
Some do. But seemingly more speaking dialects than Mandarin.
I feel that most Chinese not speaking Chinese is found in Java Island (on which lies the Capital of Indonesia).
Not very noticable? Seemingly just personal attitudes. [well, what I can see is that no Chinese is government official]
This is the reason why some Chinese in Indonesia called "Native Indonesians" "lazy lads", because of them preferring to be jealous rather than doing more work. (but for villagers, I don't think they would have such feeling because they can hardly meet Chinese.)
[note: there's no "ethnic Indonesian" because they have hundreds of ethnic identities ]
Mostly it is older people that is required to have that kind of paper.
Yes it's true that Indonesian Chinese that can speak Chinese are mostly from islands other than Java.
I'm from the island of Borneo where most Chinese speak either Teochew or Hakka. I myself speak Teochew although my vocabulary is limited to some extent. Though most Indonesian Chinese cannot speak Mandarin,
recently there has been a trend to learn Mandarin.
Those who can speak Mandarin, are usually older people. They learn Mandarin in Chinese schools that were closed in 1965/1966.
Indonesian Chinese don't call native indonesians lazy because they prefer to be jealous rather than working but rather because they ARE indeed lazy.
Edited by ezquire, 31 March 2006 - 05:05 AM.