Asia Pacific Education Review

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 403–411 | Cite as

Mapping ‘Chinese’ Christian schools in Indonesia: ethnicity, class and religion



Schools are not “innocent” sites of cultural transmission. They play an active and significant role in transmitting values and inculcating culture. Schools also serve as a site for the maintenance of boundaries and for the construction of identities. Previous studies have recognized the relationship between education and identity. Building on existing literature, this study examines the ways in which Christian schools can be a site for the construction and maintenance of religious, ethnic and class identities of the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia. The study surveys four prestigious “Chinese” Christian schools in Jakarta. Through a brief but thorough profiling of the schools, the study explores the complexity of and identifies issues associated to religion, ethnicity and class, in relations to Chinese-Indonesians and the Indonesian society at large.


Chinese-Indonesians Christian education Religious education Faith schools Ethnicity 



This study was funded through a research grant (C242/MSS8S011) from the Office of Research, Singapore Management University. It contributes to the research conducted under an Australia Research Council Discovery Grant project on Education for a Tolerant and Multicultural Indonesia, in which the author is a partner investigator along with Professor Lyn Parker and Dr Raihani in the team. Special thanks go to all the informants for showing me various kindnesses during my fieldwork and to Jean Bernard Sampson for tirelessly proofreading the manuscript. Any outstanding flaws in this essay are wholly my own.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesSingapore Management UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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