The Chinese-Indonesian community (or also known as Chiindo) can be grouped according to their lineage:
Chinese-Indonesian people of full ancestry (Chinese: [Yìnní huárén]) Is a group of Chinese Indonesian citizens (WNI) who were born and raised in Indonesia, and there is no mixed lineage with indigenous Indonesians in their genealogy, this community is generally Hokkien, Khek/Hakka, Tiociu, Cantonese, etc.
Chinese-Indonesian people of partial descent (Chinese: [Yìnní huáyì]) Is a community group that has a mixed lineage between the indigenous Indonesian ethnic group and the indigenous Chinese ethnic group, both matrilineal and patrilineal. This group usually forms a new community which then forms a separate ethnic identity, examples of the ethnic groups formed from this community group are the Peranakans (in Central Java and East Java), the Benteng Tribe (in Jakarta, Banten, and West Java), etc.
Chinese people living in Indonesia (Chinese: [Zhōngguó rén]) A group of Chinese people (originally from China and born in China) who live and settle in Indonesia, this group is included in the category of expatriates who are usually workers (categorized as foreign workers).
The origin of the word
The word Chinese (or Chinese) is the Hokkien dialect of the word Zhonghua. In Mandarin there is the term Zhonghua minzu (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ) which means “the Chinese nation”, which is a nation originating from the country of Zhongguo (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ), or China ( according to the Hokkien dialect), or what is known in the West as China.
Cung Hwa’s discourse has at least begun since 1880, namely the desire of the people in China to be free from the power of the royal dynasty and form a more democratic and strong country. This discourse was heard by people from China who lived in the Dutch East Indies, who at that time were called Chinese people.
A group of people from China whose children were born in the Dutch East Indies, felt the need to learn the culture and language. In 1900, they founded a school in the Dutch East Indies, under the auspices of a body called “Tjung Hwa Hwei Kwan”, which when pronounced in Indonesian became Tiong Hoa Hwe Kwan (THHK). THHK in its journey not only provided education in Chinese language and culture, but also fostered a sense of unity among the Chinese in the Dutch East Indies, along with the change in the term “China” to “Chinese” in the Dutch East Indies.
Residential areas with a majority Chinese population are commonly called Chinatowns (in English the equivalent concept is “Chinatown”, and in modern Chinese it is ; pinyin: Tángrén Jiē, aka Tenglang Street.