From what I heard, there were a lot of Overseas Chinese who used to live in Indonesia in 1959 were banned from trading in rural area. They were required to opt for naturalizing to Indonesian citizenship or returning to China. Many opted to return to China because they were not willing to give up their culture and identity. Those who stayed in Indonesia would soon be depr[color=green]i[/color]ved of Chinese education. Education will all be conducted in Bahasa Indonesia eversince and as a result, a lot of Chinese dropped out from school because they couldn’t keep up with the changes. Imagine you are on 3rd grade in Chinese highschool and suddenly moved to 3rd grade primary school in Bahasa. My dad left school and started working as a shopkeeper for a textile retailer because of this. They all hated the fact that they were depraved of education.
Those who returned to China were hailed with a big red [color=red]BANNER[/color] reading “Brothers from Nanyang” at the port in Guangxi and were taken to restaurant to have their meals. They were later each given a thick warm Jacket as the winter cold crept in and soon ushered on to trucks. They were sent to the rural areas with nothing, but a 1.5 m2 room for each family. They were given mattock each and ordered to farm the land from then on. These were all business people who used to have good life as Taoke in Indonesia. As a result, many went suicidal and hanged themselves. Those who tried to fight were sent to jail. They can’t get out of that barracks. It’s really like darwin’s natural selection, only the fittest survived. I had a relatives who were camped here, later married to Chinese Indonesian in Shenzhen, and their kids made their way to Hongkong where freedom is guaranteed.
When they told stories like this, they laugh with tears in their eyes. So many stupid stories. Like the commies will come to taste their shit every week, just to make sure they didin’t add water to it. Shit were gathered and used as fertilizer. Some will wait all day for the cow to shit and use it as fertilizer to grow mushroom. And civilian were sent to jail because they bought a sculpt of Maozedong’s head and brought it home on a bycicle. Not knowing how to carry it, he put a rope on Mao’s head and hanged it to the steer. He was stopped by the Gong’An and soon decimated.
I heard from relatives, some of those Indonesian who returned to China makes quite a community in Shenzhen. The elders speak Indonesian or Javanese to eachother to isolate themselves from the majority mainlanders.