The assimilation of Chinese into Indonesian society, and rules for celebrating Chinese New Year.
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Since the year 2000 public celebrations of Chinese New Year in Indonesia have been legally permitted however in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, the mayor of the town issued a special decree, No 127/2008, forbidding any staging of barongsai and liong, or lion and dragon dance parades, to mark the New Year, on the streets.
Mayor Buchary Abdurrachman said any lion/dragon processions would cause traffic jams and might create social-ethnic conflicts among the people.
We're not telling people they can't celebrate Chinese New Year, they can have lion/dragon displays but only in specified places [the Sultan Syarif Abdurrachman soccer stadium], not on the street/in kampungs.
Meanwhile Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) leader and former president Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) said on 30th January that Imlek was a cultural celebration, not a religious one, and therefore Chinese people who were Muslim were not forbidden from taking part in it. antara
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In a similar tone a sociologist at Airlangga University (Unair) in Surabaya, Hotman Siahaan, advised Chinese Indonesians not to adopt an "exclusive" attitude.
Just because they now have the freedom to they shouldn't speak in Mandarin and use Chinese names.
The discrimination that Chinese had suffered in the past should not create any desire for revenge, he said, in the form of a new exclusivism. The formation of a Chinese political party, the Partai Tionghoa Indonesia, was a worrying sign of the trend, he said. waspada