Curated by Katerina Valdivia Bruch
Artists: Kyungwoo Chun, FX Harsono, Truong Ngu, Tintin Wulia, David Zink Yi

What is it to be Chinese? performances:
12.10.2012, 7pm
Glücklicher Stern
Performer: Truong Ngu

21.10.2012, 6pm
Glücklicher Stern
Performer: Truong Ngu

The exhibition What is it to be Chinese? sets up a framework to start thinking about Chinese belonging, but also to reflect about global migration movements and contemporary Chinese culture. In fact, Chinese migration movements have been happening during a fairly long time and all around the globe. Chinese diaspora has enriched countries with new cultural backgrounds, but also resulted in discrimination and marginalisation. In general, migration reflects a global turn mediated by economical, cultural or religious motifs, in search for new opportunities other than the one offered in the place of origin. In the show, five artists of mixed Chinese origins address in their work what they associate to their Chinese roots. However, these artists were not raised up in China nor speak Chinese language.

Chinese people came to Indonesia in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. During the Dutch colonization (1603- 1949) Chinese were prioritized by the Dutch for trading purposes. Since then, a long history of discrimination started and still continues. For a period of time, Chinese in Indonesia were not allowed to perform their traditions, nor use their language or even give Chinese names to their children. In conflict situations, they were targets of a series of riots and massacres. Yet some positive turns have happened after the fall of Suharto in 1998, such as the possibility to learn Chinese language in schools, to be able to perform Chinese traditions and even to celebrate Chinese New Year. However, there is still a lot of work to do about this topic, not only regarding Chinese-Indonesian, but also concerning other Indonesian ethnicities and religious beliefs.

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With the kind support of: ARNDT, Berlin