Taufiq Tanasaldy

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Taufiq Tanasaldy

Taufiq Tanasaldy

Lecturer, Asian Studies and Indonesian
Coordinator, Indonesian
Global Cultures & Languages

Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Dr Taufiq Tanasaldy is a Lecturer in Asian Studies and Indonesian, in Global Cultures & Languages in the School of Humanities. He is interested in the field of ethnicity, conflict and Chinese diaspora.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDRegional ethnic politics and national political transitions: the Dayak of West KalimantanAustralian National UniversityAustralia2009
MA Korea University Korea1997
BA University of IndonesiaIndonesia1995

Languages (other than English)

Indonesian, Chinese


Taufiq has a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies,  Australian National University Canberra. He studied at Korea University (MA, 1997), University of Indonesia (BA, 1995), and Beijing Language and Culture University (Cert, 1996). Before undertaking his current position at the University of Tasmania, Taufiq worked at the University of New South Wales at Australian Defence Force Academy. Taufiq has also been a visiting lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of Indonesia.

Research Themes

Taufiq's research interests are on ethnicity, particularly in identity politics, conflicts, minority and marginalization and Chinese diaspora. Although Indonesia and Southeast Asia remains his main focus, he has a strong research interest in undertaking comparative studies involving other countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Taufiq's most recent publications include a book on ethnic political history of the Dayak of West Kalimantan Indonesia, a book chapter on border interactions in the Borneo Island, and articles on the Indonesian Chinese in politics and sports. Please refer to the Publications tab above for more updated information.


Committee associations

  • Indonesia Council
  • Australian Asian Studies Association


  • Tasmanian Indonesian Business Council (TIBC)


Indonesian politics, ethnic conflict, identity politics, minority, Chinese diaspora

Teaching responsibility

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  • Identity politics
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Chinese diapora
  • Role of sport in nation building
  • Indonesian politics

Current projects

  • Role of Chinese in sport and nation building in Indonesia
  • Role of minorities in sport and nation building in Asian countries (a comparative study)

Fields of Research

  • Asian Cultural Studies (200202)
  • Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific (160606)
  • Studies of Asian Society (169903)
  • Race and Ethnic Relations (160803)
  • Political Science (160699)
  • International Relations (160607)
  • Citizenship (160602)
  • Asian History (210302)

Research Objectives

  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Civics and Citizenship (940201)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Political Systems (940203)
  • Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare (940111)
  • Government and Politics (940299)
  • Understanding Past Societies (950599)
  • Understanding Asia's Past (950502)


Book Cover | Regime change and ethnic politics in Indonesia Taufiq's most recent publications include a book on ethnic political history of the Dayak of West Kalimantan Indonesia (KITLV, 2012), and a chapter on Borneo in The Political Economy of Divided Islands edited by Godfrey Baldacchino (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Between 2014 and 2015, he has published three articles based on his fieldworks on the Indonesian Chinese.

Total publications


Journal Article

(7 outputs)
2017Tanasaldy W, 'Legacy of the past: Chinese Indonesian sporting achievements during the Sukarno era', Journal of the humanities and social sciences of Southeast Asia, 173, (1) pp. 53-82. ISSN 0006-2294 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1163/22134379-17301003 [eCite] [Details]


2015Tanasaldy WT, 'A decade after the Reform: political activism of the Chinese of West Kalimantan, Indonesia', Asian Ethnicity, 16, (4) pp. 446-479. ISSN 1463-1369 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14631369.2015.1005035 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1


2014Tanasaldy WT, 'Opportunities and challenges: social and political activism of the Indonesian Chinese in post-Reform Indonesia', Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, 47, (2) pp. 91-116. ISSN 0815-7251 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2010Tanasaldy WT, 'Ethnic geography on conflicts: the case of West Kalimantan, Indonesia', RIMA: Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, 43, (2) pp. 105-130. ISSN 0815-7251 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2002Tanasaldy WT, 'The Establishment of Ethnic Interaction Channels', Indonesian Quarterly, 30, (4) pp. 416-424. ISSN 0304-2170 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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1998Tanasaldy WT, 'The success and failure of Korean economy: Chaebol's role', GLOBAL: Jurnal Politik Internasional, 5, (1) pp. 39-53. ISSN 1411-5492 (1998) [Non Refereed Article]

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1997Tanasaldy WT, Kim J, 'Trade and Investment between Korea and Indonesia', Korea Review of International Studies, I, (1) pp. 14-42. ISSN 1226-4741 (1997) [Non Refereed Article]

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(1 outputs)
2012Tanasaldy W, 'Regime change and ethnic politics in Indonesia: Dayak politics of West Kalimantan', KITLV Press, Leiden, pp. 461. ISBN 978-90-6718-389-5 (2012) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2015Tanasaldy WT, 'Orientation and Citizenship Status of the Indonesian Chinese and Political Implications', State, Society, and Minorities in South and Southeast Asia, Lexington Books, Kukreja, S (ed), United States, pp. 87-104. ISBN 9780739188903 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Tanasaldy Taufiq, 'Borneo (Including Sebatik)', The Political Economy of Divided Islands: Unified Geographies, Multiple Polities, Palgrave Macmillan, G Baldacchino (ed), Basingstoke, pp. 58-78. ISBN 9781137023124 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1057/9781137023131_4 [eCite] [Details]


2007Tanasaldy WT, 'Ethnic Identity Politics in Kalimantan', Renegotiating Boundaries: Local politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia, KITLV, Schiulte Nordholt, Henk and Gerry van Klinken (ed), Leiden, pp. 349-372. ISBN 9067182834 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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(1 outputs)
2010Tanasaldy WT, 'Review of International Relations in Southeast Asia: The Struggle for Autonomy by Donald E Weatherbee', East Asia Integration Studies, 1, (1) pp. 1-1. (2010) [Review Single Work]

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(1 outputs)
2008Tanasaldy WT, 'Regional ethnic politics and national political transitions: The Dayaks of West Kalimantan' (2008) [PhD]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Indonesian Chinese, social inclusion and nation building (2015 - 2016)$17,000
This project will investigate the role of sport in the integration of the Chinese minority in Indonesia in the critical first two decades that followed Indonesian independence, when the Chinese were relatively free to exercise their citizenship rights. Theproject has three aims:a. To investigate the underlining factors that aided active participation of the Chinese in sport;b. To question through a series of interviews how Chinese participation in sport was perceived at the time by the participants themselves, by Indonesian and Chinese onlookers, and by government officials;c. To place the responses in the context of media reporting of sports events.
PT Inti Cakara Anugrah ($17,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Tanasaldy WT
2015 - 2016
2012: Borneo Research Council Conference, Brunei (2012)$1,000
University of Tasmania ($1,000)
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Tanasaldy WT
NARGS - Political role of the Ethnic Minority in Indonesia: The case of Chinese in West Kalimantan (2010)$3,577
University of Tasmania ($3,577)
Grant-New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Tanasaldy WT

Research Supervision

Taufiq encourages inquiries from potential post-graduate students who are interested in pursuing studies in the following areas: ethnicity, conflict, politics, Chinese diaspora in Indonesia or  Southeast Asia




PhDTransmigration, Transculturation, Tribulation: A Sociocultural Analysis of a Philippine Rural Resettlement
Candidate: Peter Adolf Fritz Doelle