The Newsletter 66 Winter 2013

Shaping Indonesia

Lee Kam Hing

Reviewed publication:
Hong Liu, China and the shaping of Indonesia, 1949-1965, Singapore: NUS Press /Kyoto Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 2011

This well-researched and cogently presented study shows how images of an idealized China came to occupy a central place in Indonesia’s post-independence political discourse. Indonesian leaders during the Sukarno era, Liu contends, admired Mao’s China and sought from it “conceptual and practical inspiration” for their nation-building efforts.

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