No Concessions

The Life of Yap Thiam Hien, Indonesian Human Rights Lawyer

Daniel S. Lev
Introduction by Benedict Anderson

  • Published: July 2015
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies / Southeast Asia; Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
  • Bibliographic information: 464 pp., 1 map, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Series: Critical Dialogues in Southeast Asian Studies
  • Contents

The compelling personal story of human rights lawyer Yap Thiam Hien (1913-1989) brings decades of modern Indonesian history to life. No Concessions is a penetrating analysis of the trajectory of the Chinese minority in Indonesia over close to a century and the remarkable making of a civic leader. Without abandoning his ethnic roots, Yap transcended them by becoming a courageous legal defender of civil and human rights of all oppressed Indonesians, including former communists and radical Muslims.
Daniel S. Lev (1931-2006) was professor of political science at the University of Washington. Among his publications are Legal Evolution and Political Authority in Indonesia: Selected Essays; Islamic Courts in Indonesia: A Study in the Political Bases of Legal Institutions; The Transition to Guided Democracy: Indonesian Politics, 1957-1959, and, as coeditor, Making Indonesia.
Introduction Primary Players / Benedict Anderson

1. Aceh
2. Java
3. Batavia
4. From Sukabumi to Leiden
5. Jakarta
6. Hazardous Waters
7. At Sea in Peranakan Politics
8. The Baperki Wars
9. Out of the Ethnic Cage
10. Into New Order Indonesia
11. Early New Order Battlefields
12. Reform Frontiers
13. Law as Politics: A Sidetrip to Detention

Epilogue A Steady Course / Arlene O. Lev
Postscript New Order Landmark Case / Sebastiaan Pompe and Ibrahim Assegaf
Appendix Defense Summation in Asep Suryaman Trial / Yap Thiam Hien
Selected Bibliography

". . . masterly biography . . ."
-Gerry Van Klinken, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde

"This book provides important insights into the history of political repression, racism and discrimination in Indonesia through the life of one man. It also makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of Indonesian legal history. This book will inform and inspire a new generation . . ."
-Melissa Crouch, Australian Journal of Asian Law, v13.1