30 Dec '16, 5am

Trumped up xenophobia over influx of Chinese workers in Indonesia: The Jakarta Post - The Straits Times

In its editorial on Dec 29, the paper says fears over the growing Chinese presence in the country are irrational The world is in the throes of resurgent nationalism, steeped in nostalgia of some glorious past and drawing boundaries based on race and ethnicity. In the United States, a certain political leader talks about making "America great again", probably wanting to revisit a moment in history when majority ethnic groups also controlled much of the country's wealth. In the United Kingdom, the longing for an old Britain, where prosperity was shared by the nation's own population without the presence of immigrants from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, has given rise to Brexit. The trend of ethnic nationalism has finally arrived in Indonesia and nothing riles people up in this country more than the threat of Chinese intrusion. For several months now, rumours and ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/trumped-up-xenop...

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