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Edition 17 August 2019

Cover Story

  • Three Men at the Gates of Independence

    Three Men at the Gates of Independence

    IN their own way, each man helped deliver Indonesia to its independence. Liem Koen Hian and Yap Tjwan Bing joined a committee tasked with preparing for independence and the foundations of this country. Meanwhile, Djiauw Kie Song—a farmer in Rengasdengklok, West Java—hosted Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta when they were ‘kidnapped’ by young people one day before the Proclamation. But the future is not as the men imagined. After Indonesia’s independence, Liem and Yap fell victim to its own nation and Djiauw’s home in Rengasdengklok is no longer given certain privileges.

  • A Banjar Son’s Indonesierschap

    A Banjar Son’s Indonesierschap

    BORN in Banjarmasin (now in South Kalimantan), Liem Koen Hian, an ethnic Chinese, would one day become an important figure in the pre-independence nationalist movement. Known to be clever and courageous, Liem lived a life of adventure as a young man. His political attitude was shaped when he was working as a journalist writing for a number of newspapers in Java and Sumatra. Although he once supported China, Liem later promoted Indonesia’s independence and fought for the future of the nation’s minority groups as a member of the Investigating Committee for Preparatory Work for Indonesia’s Independence (BPUPKI). His colorful life ended in misfortune. It is unknown where he is buried.

  • An Indonesian Without a Peci

    An Indonesian Without a Peci

    Liem Koen Hian recommended legislating automatic citizenship for local-born ethnic-Chinese. He had a close relationship with Tjipto Mangoenkoesoemo.

  • Yap Tjwan Bing

    Yap Tjwan Bing

    The Pharmacist’s Passion for Politics

  • A Pharmacist in the Heart of National Politics

    A Pharmacist in the Heart of National Politics

    Yap Tjwan Bing opposed the Dutch occupation of Indonesia since his youth. He studied in Amsterdam so that he could read more books about politics. He was close with Bung Hatta and Indonesian university students who were active in the struggle for Indonesian independence while studying in the Netherlands.

  • Youngest Member of the Independence Committee

    Youngest Member of the Independence Committee

    As an active participant in Indonesia’s independence, Yap Tjwan Bing helped draw up the 1945 Constitution. He was close with Sukarno.

  • A Day in the Life of Empek Djiaw

    A Day in the Life of Empek Djiaw

    Some serious guests suddenly arrived at the home of Djiauw Kie Siong in Rengasdengklok (now part of West Java).

  • Man from the Banks of the Citarum

    Man from the Banks of the Citarum

    Born and raised on the banks of the Citarum, Djiauw Kie Siong’s livelihood depended on the river. He could build a house in Rengasdengklok after some hard work in various fields.

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