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Sustainability of Chinese Culture in Moslems Society

Version 1 : Received: 18 January 2019 / Approved: 23 January 2019 / Online: 23 January 2019 (10:25:28 CET)

How to cite: Matondang, S. A.; Butsi, F. I. Sustainability of Chinese Culture in Moslems Society. Preprints 2019, 2019010239. Matondang, S. A.; Butsi, F. I. Sustainability of Chinese Culture in Moslems Society. Preprints 2019, 2019010239.


Abstract Sustainability of ethnic culture in Southeast Asia has made the dramatically growth of ethnic identity. The ethnic revivals already made the increasing of cultural events in public spaces. This research paper sought the cultural sustainability of Chinese in Moslem society of Southaest Asia. A multisited ethnography was conducted in Medan Municipal of North Sumatra and Georgetown Penang, Malaysia to observe the sustained Chinese culture as the symbol of ethnification of Chinese in Moslems society in Southeast Asia region. It found that after 2003 Indonesia already saw the attractive cultural performances of Chinese in public spaces as the continuation of sustainability. In our ethnographic investigation from 2014 -2017, the reshaping of the Chinese identity through sustainability of Chinese culture in Medan Municipality of North Sumatra, and Penang of Malaysia has the high public visibility. Research report showed the continuation of the Chinese rituals and festivals which were accompanied by music instruments of Chinese and theatrical performances. Those have been transformed from self commemorations to be more public; attractions already were moved to public places, not solely in temples or ethnic group surroundings as what commonly found in the past period. It concluded that the sustainability of Chinese culture in public spaces made the Southeast Asia connection among the Chinese groups solidify their identity in this region tightened.


Sustainability; Chinese culture; Moslem society; Malaysia; Indonesia


Social Sciences, Sociology

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