How I feel as an Indonesian born Chinese

First, let me make it clear that I’m writing this to express my personal thought, not to bring any racial issue. The opinions expressed here represent my own, do not generalize anything, and reflect anyone. It is essentially as it came from the keyboard: spontaneous, unproofed, unrevised.

I always feel uneasy when people ask where I’m from. I was born in Indonesia, but to ethnic Chinese parents. Yeah, both of them. My father and mother are Chinese descent. Both of them were born in Indonesia. Only my grand-grandfather who was born in China. I’ll give them the short answer,“I’m from Indonesia,”. But then most of them will ask me “Really? You don’t look like Indonesian. I thought you were Chinese!“. I always regard myself as Indonesian first and Chinese second if people seem confused. Read More