Hoakiau, Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Jan 4th, 2006, in Asides, by

Hannah in Jakarta wants to know where she can buy an Indonesian language copy of Hoakiau (History of the Overseas Chinese in Indonesia) by Pramoedya Ananta Toer.

She says:

I have been searching every bookstore and publisher in Jakarta with zero results. Naturally it's difficult due to its content and status, however, if you have any suggestions I will be extremely grateful.

Any ideas?

16 Comments on “Hoakiau, Pramoedya Ananta Toer”

  1. avatar iamisaid says:

    HA ! I betcha Achmad Sudarsono would know.

    Pramoedya is a great fan of Achmad Sudarsono.

  2. avatar Aluang Anak Bayang says:

    ?? I am at a loss. What language is that?

  3. avatar iamisaid says:

    Hi Patung,

    The closest that I could find on the Internet was this website :


    where Pramoedya’s book was shown with the following information about the book:

    Hoakiau di Indonesia
    Penulis: TOER, Pramoedya Ananta
    Subyek: Racial, ethnics, national groups – law
    Metadata: ; TOER, Pramoedya Ananta; Hoakiau di Indonesia; Pramoedya Ananta Toer; Jakarta; Garba Budaya; 1998; xi, 293 p.; 21 cm.; Juridiction over press; Racial, ethnics, national groups – law; aksara-jkt.
    Pustaka Aksara
    Buku Lain yang Mirip
    Hoakiau di indonesia, Pramoedya Ananta Toer; Ed. Stanley
    TOER, Pramoedya Ananta – Rasisme, ideologi, indonesia, rasisme
    Perpustakaan Utan Kayu
    Hoakiau di Indonesia
    Toer, Pramoedya Ananta – Tionghoa
    Perpustakaan CSIS

    Perhaps, Hannah could contact Pustaka Bersama at their website and make enquiries. They have a Contact information which says :


    Menghubungi Perpustakaan Langsung

    Anda juga dapat menghubungi perpustakaan yang tergabung langsung.
    Pustaka Aksara
    Perpustakaan CSIS
    Perpustakaan Freedom Institute
    Perpustakaan Utan Kayu
    Perpustakaan Filsafat UI

  4. avatar iamisaid says:

    Whoops, this got missed out in the above reply.

    Perhaps, Hannah could contact Pustaka Bersama at their website and make enquiries. They have a Contact information which says :

    Kami terbuka dengan segala keluhan, pertanyaan, dan masukan. Silakan kontak kami di:

    Sekretariat PustakaBersama.net
    d/a. Perpustakaan Freedom Institute
    Jl. Irian 8, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
    Telp: 021-31909226 – Fax: 021-31909226
    Email: info[ at ]pustakabersama.net

  5. avatar David says:

    There’s also this – http://members5.boardhost.com/Pramoedya/msg/141.html and the reply http://members5.boardhost.com/Pramoedya/msg/142.html although it’s a few years old.

    Buku ini masih bisa didapat melalui toko buku Kalam atau toko buku Teater Utan Kayu.

  6. avatar iamisaid says:

    although it’s a few years old.

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Hopefully, the shop is still there and they have not sold out the Hoakiau book.

  7. avatar Hannah says:

    Thanks a lot everyone! I have been frantically applying all of your suggestions. Trawling the mazes of book markets in Jakarta during the rainy season is no fun (a shout out to all the ‘abang-abang’ in Pasar Senen!), but I won’t stop till I complete my collection. Fingers crossed for a victorious search….

  8. avatar iamisaid says:

    Hello Hannah,

    Any success thus far?

    I hope you’ve succeeded.



  9. avatar Hannah says:

    I’m still on it … I’ve tried the libraries (UI, CSIS, and Freedom Institute), and they said they’ll get back to me. But I’ve got a good feeling for the one I haven’t tried, the one in Utan Kayu, because that’s where Pramoedya used to live!

  10. avatar David says:

    Not that it helps you Hannah but I just noticed this in my feed reader.

    Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s 1960 anti-racialist polemic and history of the Chinese in Indonesia is now available in an English translation by Max Lane.

    Pramoedya’s 195 page book is accompanied by 4 contemporary essays by other writers. These are:

    “Pramoedya: Defiant to the end” by K.S. Jomo. Jomo is U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development and was Professor at the University of Malaya until late 2004. He was also founder of Wira Karya publishers, a Malaysian publisher which published the works of Pramoedya Ananta Toer.

    “Prameodya Ananta Toer: In Memoriam” by Leo Ou-Fan Lee. Lee is Professor of Humanities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    “Pramoedya, Racialism and Socialism” by Max Lane

    “Strangers who are not Foreign” by Sumit Mandal. Mandal is an historian at the Universtii Kebangsaan Malaysia

    The book is easiest ordered from Select Books in Singapore.



    From Max Lane.

  11. avatar Maliq Hanafi says:

    Coba di Palasari, di Bandung. Biasanya disana ada buku-buku yang di pasaran jarang diperoleh dari toko buku lainnya.

    You might as well give a shot. Good luck.

  12. avatar Dukkho says:

    I have one copy of it. Please email me if you want. dukkho@hotmail.com

  13. avatar Nathaniel Woon says:

    I managed to read it in the National University of Singapore library – but that was an older publication… Not close enough to you I huess – has anyone got a copy of the new English translation yet?

  14. avatar streetwise says:

    try to find this book in indonesia’s online store: http://www.khatulistiwa.net

  15. avatar Hannah says:

    Obviously no one checks this page anymore. But I got the goddam book a few months ago. Thanks Iamisaid, a very smart lady from Aksara supplied it and some others as well. So not only I got Hoakiau, but Arok Dedes and Arus Balik too. Now I can die happy.

  16. avatar Teddy Halim says:

    Hi Hannah, excellent glad that you got the book.
    I hv lost my copy of that book “borrowed” by a friend who did not bother to return it.
    Want to get hold of a copy can you tell me where did you get it? Aksara is a book shop in Kemang if I am not mistaken?
    best regards


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