Monday, January 17, 2011

Select Books is pleased to announce publication of its latest title: Chinese Muslims in Indonesia. The title is available in both hardcover and paperback editions.

The contributions that Chinese Muslims have made to Indonesia since the 15th century have been largely obscured for socio-political reasons, particularly during the New Order regime of the Suharto era.

Using the evocative and provocative medium of photography, Zhuang Wubin examines the histories of the Chinese Muslims in Indonesia and the lives that they lead today.

The 40 finely detailed colour photographs in this book, and their accompanying captions, attempt to counter the cultural and historical erasure by zooming in on the faces and names of this minute yet significant community in Indonesia.

Additional essays by Charles Coppel, Enin Supriyanto, and Yenny Zannuba Wahid reflect upon Zhuang’s work, adding to the research with personal anecdotes and historical insights.

About the Author and Contributors

Zhuang Wubin uses photography to understand the cultures and histories of the Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. He is also a researcher focusing on contemporary photographic practices in Southeast Asia.

Charles Antony Coppel worked briefly as a barrister before becoming a specialist in the modern history of Indonesia and its ethnic Chinese minority. He lectured in these fields at the University of Melbourne for 30 years. His publications include Indonesian Chinese in Crisis, Studying Ethnic Chinese in Indonesia, and the edited volume Violent Conflicts in Indonesia: Analysis, Representation, Resolution.

Enin Supriyanto, independent curator and writer focusing on Indonesian contemporary art, studied at the Fine Art and Design Department, Bandung Institute of Technology. He has curated various contemporary art shows and projects in Indonesia and around the world. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, and a guest editor of C-Arts Magazine, Jakarta. His essays and writings have been published in local and international publications.

Yenny Zannuba Wahid is the director of Wahid Institute, a foundation that promotes a peaceful message of Islam. An alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Wahid served under two Indonesian presidents as political communication officer. Honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, she spends her time nowadays spreading the message of tolerance at the grassroots level.

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