Sim Tze Wei

Associate Foreign News Editor, Lianhe Zaobao

Tze Wei is the Associate Foreign News Editor for Lianhe Zaobao. Between 2008 and 2015, she was the foreign correspondent in Taipei, Beijing and Guangzhou. She enjoys traveling, watching movies and writing human interest stories.

Students in a Chinese language class in Indonesia.

Is Chinese language alive or dying in Indonesia?

In 1966, Indonesia banned the use of the Chinese language. The ban lasted 32 years, and led to up to two generations of Chinese Indonesians becoming completely assimilated. However, when the ban was lifted in 1998, there was an immediate rush to learn the Chinese language. But is that enthusiasm still there? Zaobao reporter Sim Tze Wei visits schools in Indonesia to find out more about the changes in Indonesia’s Chinese language education over the past 20 years.
The Chinese flag is raised in front of the Chinese Embassy in Dili, capital of Timor-Leste, May 20, 2002. China was the first country in the world to establish diplomatic relations with Timor-Leste. (Xinhua)

Old Chinese, new Chinese and the China factor in Timor-Leste

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is extending all over the world, including the little country of Timor-Leste, situated between Indonesia and Australia. How is China’s influence perceived there, and how are the locals reacting? Sim Tze Wei finds out.