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Behind the statistics of migration are the life stories of millions of migrants and their descendants. The movement of people out of China is one of the largest movements of humanity in modern times, and large numbers of Chinese emigrated to the colony of the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia. While many of them prospered in their new home, it was against a background of uncertainty and a feeling that they were not entirely welcome in their adopted homeland. An Utari Sudibjo nee Anna Tan Sian Nio , whose story this is, sees herself as 'just an ordinary individual', and this is part of what makes her story special.
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For one, the book is a memoir about a life spent in a savage world by someone whose last name happens to be savage. It is also not so much a memoir about one person alone but about the family in which he is a part, and the memoir itself looks at the savagery of life related to health and economic and geopolitical conditions.
The title therefore is rich in layers and irony to be puzzled out by its readers. As a memoir, this book tests the boundaries of a memoir in several ways. For one, it does not follow entirely the usual narrative flow of a memoir , but instead it features a lot of lists and seemingly extraneous material, and a fair amount of commentary by the author on other people in a way that is seemingly unrelated to the flow of the author's life story and also contains a substantial bit of material about other people praising the author.
The author's life sits at that boundary between not fascinating enough for a memoir in the eyes of some and too fascinating for the memoir it gets in the eyes of others--certainly a younger writer would have made much more hay of some of the material discussed in this book.
Despite the fact that the author himself does not believe his own life to have been that interesting, this memoir is a worthwhile account of an intriguing life, and it is clear that those friends and family members who urged the author for so long to write an account of his life, probably in light of the stories they had heard him tell about his youth, were right to do so.
The contents are divided into thematic blocks, many of which contain interesting commentary that can be taken further by the reader. The author's discussion of his own family history, which takes place over several chapters, some at the beginning and some towards the end, demonstrate a history of solid work in a particular area where the author and his family settled, and the fact that the family had to deal with several serious curses, among them TB and alcoholism, both of which influenced the author by increasing his isolation, forcing him to spend a lot of his childhood fatherless, and giving him an edge against alcohol abuse and even use that this book is full of.
The author's religious background as a Southern Baptist is well discussed and the book as well discusses the difficulty many managers of the author's companies had in dealing with the southern workers, while also demonstrating the author was in an uncomfortable position between union sympathizers or local racists on the one hand and management that the author continually comments on as Jewish and northerner and not being sympathetic to Southern concerns, which puts the author in an uncomfortable middle space which makes his lengthy success in work rather remarkable.
There are many areas of the book that a different writer would have made more hay out of. For one, the author had a lot of experience being bullied as a kid, and this likely shaped his view somewhat. For another, the author seems to have teased one of his best friends about not being married--he comments that he wishes he would have been kinder to one friend who never married and died too young, and in the book he teases one of his grandchildren about not yet being married and having children of his own.
This is an area that I am particularly sensitive to, for easily understood reasons.