Arief Widodo Djati

部門・職位
政治経済共生研究部門
招へい研究員
専門
Indonesia, Identities, Ethnicity, Class and Colonialism
研究分野/キーワード
Peranakan Chinese, Nationalism and Colonialism

Arief Widodo Djati

Colonialism Cosmopolitan: A biography of Kwee Thiam Tjing

One of the great Indonesian writers whose name has forgotten is Kwee Thiam Tjing aka Tjamboek Berdoeri, which publishes works in Chinese Peranakan newspapers during the Dutch colonial period. The only books published while he was still alive was ”Indonesia Dalem Api dan Bara” (1947). The book described Java condition during the Dutch era, Japanese occupation and Indonesian independence, with an original style, a mix of funny, sad and thrilling. The name of this writer might be forgotten if late Professor Benedict Anderson did not discover and re-explore the traces of the writer who often used a dozen of pseudonyms such as Tjamboek Berdoeri.

My research is continue writing the biography of Kwee Thiam Tjing alias Tjamboek Berdoeri, which has initiated by Ben Anderson. This biography is important for several reasons. First it will provide an overview of the dynamics of the world of journalism and publishing in the final period of the Dutch East Indies Colonial Government. Secondly, it is also look up the connection between Indonesian nationalists and Chinese Peranakans in the period before and after the failed PKI rebellion in 1926. Third, this biography will trace the origins of the emergence of pro-Indonesian political choices among peranakan Chinese. In addition, this biography will help give an idea of ​​how the cosmopolitan world lived and developed among Chinese (journalists) in the late period of the Dutch East Indies Colonial Government and then disappeared during the period of Indonesian independence.