Ca Bau Kan: The Problematic Centralizing of the Marginalized

Sutandio, Anton (2014) Ca Bau Kan: The Problematic Centralizing of the Marginalized. Aurora, 1 (4). pp. 263-274. ISSN 2337-5469

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This cultural studies analysis focuses on the portrayal of Chinese-Indonesians and their relation with native Indonesians (pribumi) in an Indonesian popular film, Ca Bau Kan (Nia Dinata, 2002). Ca Bau Kan is the first popular film in post-Soeharto regime era that makes the Chinese-Indonesians as the focal characters. In contrast, the year 1966 to 2001 witnessed the absence of Chinese-Indonesians as the focal characters in popular films, and when they appeared, their portrayal was insignificant and often exaggerated based on their stereotypes. Set in the 1930s to 1950s, Ca Bau Kan depicts the superior Chinese-Indonesians in contrast to their present position as the marginalized. The context of superiority here is related to their ability to express and voice themselves culturally and politically. Thus, it is interesting to analyze the film's depiction of the superior Chinese-Indonesians and to look at how it affects the contemporary situation of the Chinese-Indonesians, especially in its relation to their stereotypes. The analysis finds that the film's attempt to centralize the marginalized through the depiction of the superior Chinese-Indonesians in the past is problematic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chinese-Indonesians, stereotypes, marginalized, centralized
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Depositing User: Perpustakaan Maranatha
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 09:32
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2016 09:32

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