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.

". . . 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