Oei Hong Kian: Soekarno's Dentist - A Journey Through Three Cultures
by Oei Hong Kian; Dyah Peni Tunjung Sari (Trans.)
About This Book
In the 90 years of his life, Dr Oei Hong Kian has seen firsthand events that one has only heard of in dusty history books, such as the Japanese Occupation, Indonesia's independence, and the discrimination faced by the Peranakan Chinese in the years following the fall of President Soekarno's political power.
As a dentist for various celebrated and famous personalities such as former Indonesian Vice-President Adam Malik, Ambassador Bambang Soegeng, American ambassador Howard Jones and even President Soekarno himself just before he fell from power, Dr Oei offers an exclusive personal insight behind the scenes of the political upheaval that changed the history of Indonesia.
This book also takes us through the generations - from his great-grandfather, the 18th-century first generation Chinese immigrant to Indonesia, to his children and grandchildren, who have settled in the Netherlands and other parts of the world. Dr Oei Hong Kian brings us through a rich and fantastic life story and shares his experience of living in three different cultures: Chinese, Dutch and Indonesian.
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