Against the arbitrariness must not be done with violence action like fighting. There are other ways to face the injustice. This way was used by Tan Khoen Swie when he was seeing the cruelty of Dutch colonialism on Indonesia
Who is Tan Khoen Swie?
Tan Khoen Swie is a Chinese immigrant who born in Wonogiri Regency, central Java Province on 1883.
When he was adult he moved to Kediri Province, East Java Province. In this city he opened a business of retread tires with brand Dunlop from England. Besides he also managed a shop that was called Soerabaia. Unfortunately those businesses bankrupt.
Established printing and publishing business
After having suffered because his business bankrupt then Tan Khoem Swie did not lose his enthusiasm. He built the business again, in field of book publishing business.
Through this business the real character of Tan Khoem Swie looked clearly. Apparently he was very dislike with Dutch. His hate of the colonial government was shown in the publication of books that printed in his company.
One of the books published by Tan Khoem Swid is entitled ‘Atoeran Dari Hal Melakoeken Hak Perkoempoelan dan Persidangan Dalem Hindia-Nedreland’. This book is written by a writer named R. Boedihardjo.
This book contains strong protests with the rules that made by the Dutch colonial government. They made the rules very strict for anyone who wanted to establish a community or organization and association.
The opposition of Tan Khoen Swie to the Dutch colonialism was shown again through another book entitled ‘Tjinta Kebaktian Pada Tanah Air’. This book was published on 1941 and very popular among anti-colonialists.
Moreover there were many books that published in the publication of Tan Khoen Swie. The total number of books reached more than 400 books and most of them contained the spirit of the Indonesian struggle.
This very anti-colonial nature was not only shown by Tan Khoen Swan through his published books. He extended his hair to shoulder and this was a symbol of his resistance to oppression.
Although he was not a native of Kediri, but at least the presence of Tan Khoen Swan was still able to give the color of the history in this country. His steps were very worthy to be imitated by young generation.