The title of this book does not adequately represent its contents. It is difficult to imagine devising any title of a manageable length that could indicate the full range of topics that it covers. The migration of ethnic Chinese Indonesians to the People's Republic of China is just one story among many fascinating and complicated stories that the reader encounters. Migration in the Time of Revolution addresses the competition between Beijing and Taipei for support from the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia, the various forms of political activism of the ethnic Chinese, and the changing policies of the Indonesian government in dealing simultaneously with two foreign governments—the Republic of China (ROC) and the People's Republic of China (PRC)—and the ethnic Chinese population living within its borders.

With this complex mix of protagonists, the book is simultaneously a study of the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia and a study of international relations. It...

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