Cultural Communication and Ethnic Intermingling: A study of Chinese Descendants in Kampung Kapitan Palembang




cultural communication, ethnic intermingling, chinese descendants, kampung kapitan palembang, intercultural relations


Background: This study challenges assumptions about negative relationships between ethnic Chinese and other residents, focusing on highlighting harmony in the long-term habitation of Chinese descendants in Kampung Kapitan Palembang. Emphasis is on preserving distinct cultures during adaptation.


Purpose: This research explores the ethnic intermingling among Kapitan Tjoa Ham Lim's descendants in Kampung Kapitan Palembang through a cultural communication lens, aiming to understand intercultural dynamics.


Theoretical Framework: Using a cultural communication perspective, the study emphasizes openness and acceptance of cultural differences in the acculturation process. Non-verbal communication is a key focus, highlighting cultural sensitivity in fostering positive relationships within diverse communities.


Design/Methodology/Approach: Qualitative and ethnographic methods explore long-term cultural acculturation in Kampung Kapitan. The study centers on non-verbal communication, openness, and recognizing the dynamic nature of communication, culture, religion, and economics.


Findings: The study reveals gradual cultural acculturation in Kampung Kapitan, facilitated by openness and acceptance, especially through non-verbal communication. Palembang becomes the dominant language, reflecting sustained interaction between Chinese descendants and locals. Acceptance of cultural diversity fosters harmonious relationships, recognizing physical traits as integral aspects of identity.


Research, Practical & Social Implications: Enriching qualitative understanding, the research contributes to communication science by shedding light on motives behind ethnic intermingling and bridging differences in historically rooted communities. Practical implications include maintaining social connections within diverse communities.


Originality/Value: This study challenges assumptions, provides nuanced insights into ethnic intermingling, and enhances understanding of cultural communication in historically rooted communities. Its significance in the field of communication science inspires further exploration by academics and researchers.


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How to Cite

Yusalia, H., Bajari, A., Suganda, D., & Karlinah, S. (2023). Cultural Communication and Ethnic Intermingling: A study of Chinese Descendants in Kampung Kapitan Palembang. Journal of Law and Sustainable Development, 11(11), e877.