Ong Hok Ham
(1 May 1933 – 30 August 2007) was an eminent Chinese Indonesian
historian considered one of the leading experts on Indonesian
history during the 19th century Dutch colonial rule
. His particular area of knowledge centered on events in Java
during the period, and he authored a number of works dealing with the subject.
A native of Surabaya
, East Java
which, until the founding of Indonesia in 1945, was a part of Dutch East Indies
, Ong Hok Ham lived in the city of his birth for the first twenty-five years of his life. In 1958, he moved to Bandung
, West Java
, where he received his schooling and began his writing career. Seventeen years later, in 1975, he received his Ph.D
in History from Yale University
with the dissertation The Residency of Madiun: Priyayi and Peasant in the Nineteenth Century
He was a regular contributor to the Indonesian magazine Tempo
and a collection of his pieces for the magazine written between 1976 and 2001, Wahyu yang Hilang, Negeri yang Guncang
(A Lost Mandate, an Agitated Country
) was published in 2002.
He wrote a series of other books, mostly a collection of essays and articles, including Runtuhnya Hindia Belanda
(The Fall of the Netherlands Indies
), Negara dan Rakyat
(The State and the People
), and Dari Soal Priayi sampai Nyi Blorong—Refleksi Historis Nusantara
(From Priayi to Nyi Blorong—Historical Reflections on the Indonesian......