INDONESIA: Uncle Barhen

A little Chinese named Wang Jen-shu arrived in Jakarta five months ago from Peking to be Communist China's first ambassador to the new Republic of Indonesia. Local Reds gave Wang a nickname­"Pak Barhen" (Uncle Barhen), Indonesian equivalent of "the common man."

Uncle Barhen was shocked when the Indonesian government informed him that the 2,000,000 Chinese in Indonesia had until the end of 1951 to decide whether or not they wanted to become Indonesian citizens. Uncle Barhen set out to woo his countrymen. But the ambassador was handicapped by a lack of diplomatic dignity...

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