Chinese Muslims in Indonesia, Zhuang Wubin


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Chinese Muslims in Indonesia (2007-09)

Today, there are some 238 million people in Indonesia. The Chinese make up less than 1.2 percent and around 5.4 percent of them are Muslims. Clearly, Chinese Muslims are a minority within the minority. However, they have been living in the Nusantara for over 600 years old. Their histories, either deliberately or otherwise, have been forgotten for various reasons. Since the fall of Suharto in 1998, democracy has returned to Indonesia and the Chinese communities, including the Chinese Muslims, have been revitalized.

In order to approach the subject matter in a more systematic way, I have divided the work into three parts. In the first section, I have photographed the lives of the first and second-generation Chinese converts, so as to understand their motivations for conversion, and the way people around them have reacted to their decision. The second part features photographs of mosques, kramat (Islamic holy tombs) and villages related to the histories of the Chinese Muslims in Indonesia. The final section focuses on pribumi or “indigenous” Muslims who are willing to talk about their Chinese ancestry, thereby illustrating the long history of assimilation between the Chinese and the “local” peoples of the Nusantara.

印尼華人回教徒 (2007-2009)


為了更有系統地表達該主題,我把企劃分成三個主要部份。首部份的作品將展示第一、二代皈依回教的華人之生活面貌,從而讓觀眾了解到他們信奉回教的原因,以及他們身邊的人對其決定之反應和態度。第二部份的作品突顯與印尼華人回教徒歷史有關的清真寺與村莊,而最後一系列的作品則以一些願意訴說他們華人祖先的故事之 「土生土長」回教徒為焦點,藉著他們的故事以描繪華人與當地人之間互相融入的歷史過程。

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Publication Details

Chinese Muslims in Indonesia《印尼华人回教徒》摄影画册
Artist/Author: Zhuang Wubin / 庄吴斌
Essays by Charles Coppel, Enin Supriyanto and Yenny Zannuba Wahid
Publisher: Select Books / Jan 2011
ISBN: 9789814022682
128 pp / 40 colour plates
128页 / 40张彩照
11.6 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
Price: USD$40/SGD$50

Limited, Artist–signed copies available. (Product photographs courtesy of Han Tan)

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