Irfan Prawira: Witness to Violence and Hope

In the Jakarta riots of 1998, Irfan Prawira’s family was one of those targeted by anti-Chinese violence. His father’s restaurant was burned to the ground. The family was forced to declare bankruptcy and moved into a makeshift home with other Indonesians.

“We all had to live in one room together,” said Irfan of the family of six. “It was very difficult.”

But the experience only strengthened Irfan’s connection to his country.

“I don’t see you as a native, I don’t see you as Chinese,” he said a decade later. “We’re all the same.” Read the full profile of Irfan in today’s Jakarta Post…

Watch excerpts from an interview with Irfan below:

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