Indonesian

Indonesian

Subtitle
The Indonesian Community

Indonesians have broadened Toronto’s cultural horizons by introducing the city to a cuisine of savoury spices, the lovely art of batik, and the music of bamboo instruments such as the angklung and the gamelan.


The community, with just over 5,000 members, consists mainly of people who arrived from the Southeast Asian islands in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The early settlers included students who applied for citizenship, and seniors who wanted to spend their retirement in a different country. Some Indonesians immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and China. The majority of the Toronto community is of Chinese origin.


Although there is not an Indonesian neighbourhood in the city, many live in Etobicoke and Mississauga. Well-educated members of the community include civil servants and scientists, and among Indonesian-owned businesses in the city are real estate agencies and pharmacies.


Every year, culture sharing between Canada and Indonesia is extended through an exchange program, when the youth from the two countries switch residences for three months.

History

The community, with just over 5,000 members, consists mainly of people who arrived from the Southeast Asian islands in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The early settlers included students who applied for citizenship, and seniors who wanted to spend their retirement in a different country. Some Indonesians immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and China. The majority of the Toronto community is of Chinese origin.

Although there is not an Indonesian neighbourhood in the city, many live in Etobicoke and Mississauga. Well-educated members of the community include civil servants and scientists, and among Indonesian-owned businesses in the city are real estate agencies and pharmacies.

Every year, culture sharing between Canada and Indonesia is extended through an exchange program, when the youth from the two countries switch residences for three months.

Places to go
Simon’s Smokehouse
Address
2 Fisherman Drive, Brampton, ON L7A 1B5
Phone
(905) 453-1822
Web Site
http://www.simonssmokehouse.ca/
Oey Trading
Address
3241 Kennedy Rd #12, Scarborough, ON M1V 2J8
Phone
(416) 609-1201
Web Site
https://www.oeytrading.com/
La Rissa Food
Address
3501 McNicoll Ave, Scarborough, ON M1V 2N3
Phone
(416) 297-6936
Prominent Torontonians
Willy Kurnia, famous designer in GTA
Handy S. Atmaja, artist (painter) and film actor
Dr. herna Halim, Dentist
Dr. Roy Kwee, Family Doctor
Dr. Sie Kian Gwan, Family Doctor
Dr. Wie Giap Liaw, Dentist
Dr. Linda The, Gynecologist
Dr. Ivone Surya, Dentist
Dr. Anne Sutikno, Dentist
Contributors: Ms. Sylvia Shirley Malinton, Head of Information—Social & Culture, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Toronto.
Languages
Publications
Population
5000