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With the increasing modernization and capitalization of Indonesian Life, more and more urban, middle-class, indigenous families in Java — and apparently elsewhere — are adopting Indonesian as the home language. In Javanese-speaking areas, this means that for the first time, these families are using Indonesian and Javanese side by side in the home. Interestingly enough, but perhaps not surprisingly, the type of Javanese-Malay/Indonesian mixture that has long been spoken at home by Eurasians, Chinese, and Arabs can now also be heard in Javanese families. It is remarkable that one Javanese grandmother commented on how her children and grandchildren are speaking "like Chinese" (kayak Cino).
Dede Oetomo

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