WILSON TJANDINEGARA: Cross-cultural poet and translator

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In this article: Wilson Tjandinegara,
Written by Oyos Saroso H.N., and was originally published in Personal Blog,
Apr 07, 2008

In the 32 years of the New Order regime in Indonesia, hardly any literary works written by Chinese-Indonesians saw the light of day. The New Order regime did not give any room for the development of the ethnic Chinese culture. Presidential Instruction No. 14/1967 prevented Chinese-Indonesian writers from developing their talent as it prohibited them from expressing themselves through Chinese cultural themes. As a result, the ethnic Chinese culture became alienated in Indonesia and thus Chinese-Indonesian writers lost their place in Indonesia’s contemporary world of literature.

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