Sejarah Etnis Tionghoa Dalam Dinamika Sosial Masyarakat Pulau Buru
The people who inhabit the island of Buru are people who come from various places and among them there are groupings that differentiate one another and are known as Rana people, Wakahallo people, Orangakang, Earth lale people and traders. Of the five designations, the focus of this study is "Trading People". In this case the Chinese community. They also play an important role in various sectors of community life on the island of Buru. Their existence is identified through names such as "Chinese Namlea, Chinese Namrole, Chinese Waplau and Chinese Buru". The purpose of this research is to explore the history of the arrival of the Chinese community on Buru Island and to identify the dynamics of Chinese life in terms of social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of Buru Island. To achieve this goal, the method used is the Historical Method through four stages, namely: Heuristics, Verification, Interpretation and Historiography The number of Chinese communities on Buru Island is quite large and spread over several locations in several sub-districts on Buru Island. They live side by side with the local population without a barrier in the form of a high wall to separate them from the surrounding community. In general, their livelihoods are trading in grocery and basic necessities as well as building materials for houses. In addition, they are also able to take advantage of the availability of natural resources on the island of Buru, namely eucalyptus oil and make it an important trading commodity with high economic value. Even though they have adhered to Christianity and Islam, they still maintain the Chinese tradition from their ancestors. Apart from the trade sector, Chinese people on Buru have played an important role in the political field.
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