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In Search of My Ancestral Home

Myra Sidharta

in Cultural Curiosity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223400
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223400.003.0009
In Search of My Ancestral Home

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Myra Sidharta was born in Belitung, Indonesia. Her grandfather was a prominent figure in Belitung. Myra explains that the majority of the Chinese in Indonesia trace their roots to Fujian province in southeast China. She narrates that in 1872 her grandfather's family was not rich and had to sell his youngest brother to obtain passage money overseas and leave some money for his mother, who was going to stay behind. When China became a Communist country, and Indonesia was declared independent, Myra's grandfather's family had to choose between Dutch or Indonesian citizenship. Myra discusses the many discriminatory rules experienced by ethnic Chinese of Indonesia in the 1950s, which caused many Chinese to decide to leave for China. She details her journey to Meixian and how being with her relatives in China brought her happiness.

Keywords: Myra Sidharta; Belitung; Indonesia; Chinese; Fujian; Meixian; communist country; Dutch citizenship; citizenship

Chapter.  6174 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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