Undercurrent Murmurings in Indonesia’s Colonial Past
Note on Foreign Words and Spelling xv
Note on Foreign Words and Spelling For the sake of readability I use the term Indies (as a noun and as an adjective) to indicate the Dutch East Indies. The term Indonesia (and the adjective Indonesian) is used to refer to the geographical region that is present-day Indonesia, even though during the period under discussion Indonesia as a political entity did not yet exist. Peranakan is defined as mixed-blood Chinese, in most cases meaning descendants of a Chinese male immigrant and an indigenous woman. At times peranakan also refers to full-blood Chinese who were born and raised in the Indies and therefore acculturated to Indies society and customs. Peranakan are considered to be a different group from totok (full-blood) Chinese born in China, as well as from indigenous Indonesians. Indo is defined as mixed-blood Eurasian, in most cases referring to the descendants of a European (Dutch) male colonizer and an indigenous woman. At times Indo also refers to a full-blood European who was born and raised in the Indies and therefore acculturated to Indies society and customs. Indos are considered distinctly different from totok (full-blood) Europeans as well as from indigenous Indonesians. Dutch and Malay terms are translated into English when they appear in the text for the first time. Terms that are used more than once are listed in the glossary. For the spelling of Malay words and names I applied the following principles. Malay words and place names follow the spelling as it appears in the edition of...
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