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Why Indonesians studying Mandarin look to Taiwan
Chinese-Indonesian Eri Widoera, 24, decided to study Mandarin as he saw more Chinese companies entering Indonesia.  “If you can speak Mandarin, Indonesian and English, certainly your competitiveness in the market [will be much higher],” he said. He also felt the need to reconnect with his Chinese roots, even though he describes himself as a proud third-generation Indonesian. In recent years, more Chinese-Indonesians have decided to learn Mandarin and send their children to Chinese-medium schools.  It is a change from the era of dictator Suharto, whose policies to encourage assimilation meant Chinese-owned media outlets were banned and expressions of Chinese culture and language were illegal
Why Indonesians studying Mandarin look to Taiwan
Beaten & abused: an Indonesian bride trafficked to China
Monika, from Indonesia, was promised a good life if she married a man from China. The 23-year-old soon found out that she had been lied to by the matchmaker who recruited her. She says her husband beat her for refusing to have sex with him. Her mother-in-law physically and verbally abused her. This is the story of her 10-month ordeal. “The matchmaker told me that I would live a good life in China, and that I would be able to send money to my parents and that my husband would give me an allowance,” she said. “She also said that I would be able to return home and visit my parents any time.” Monika, who completed only the early years of secondary school and doesn’t speak English or Chinese, dec
Beaten & abused: an Indonesian bride trafficked to China