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Book Review:The Indonesian Presidency

March 30th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The highly personal nature of Indonesia’s two longest tenured presidencies, Sukarno (1949-66) and Suharto (1966-1998), is widely recognised in the study of its political history. Indeed, political or ‘presidential’ biography has a strong presence within the field of Indonesian studies.


Short Story: Moonlight and the Company You Keep

March 8th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments 4 Comments »

It has been a while since I put up a short story by one of Indonesia’s prominent and upcoming writers. I particularly like this story by Dalih Sembiring. It has excellent voice. Enjoy!.


Indonesians in Focus: Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana

March 2nd, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The late Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana, who was born in Natal, North Sumatra on Feb. 11, 1908, is recognized not only as one of Indonesia’s great writers but also as a philosopher whose ideas still exert a considerable influence in Indonesia’s contemporary literary studies and the development of modern Indonesian Language.


Indonesians in Focus: Johan Budi Sava

January 1st, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Where was Bung Karno born?” a bookshop attendant asked, referring to the country’s founding father, Sukarno. “Blitar, East Java,” his customer confidently replied, recalling what he had read in textbooks.He was born in Surabaya. He mentioned it in his speech at the University of Pajajaran, Bandung, in the 1960s,” said the attendant of Toga Mas bookshop in Malang, East Java.


Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Book Launch

December 29th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono launched Friday Indonesia on the Move, a compilation of his articles and speeches depicting a “true picture” of Indonesia. Yudhoyono said the book could be used to tell the global community about Indonesia. Yudhoyono said the title was chosen because the phrase accurately portrayed the development of the country.


Book Relates Women’s Experiences

December 23rd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Our weaknesses can be our strengths. This is the message of the women who share their experiences in the short stories compiled in the book Perempuan di Rantai Kekerasan (Women in a Chain of Violence), which was launched Wednesday. The Hope and Inspiration Writing Contest, held by publisher Esensi, part of the Erlangga Group, encouraged women to speak out about their struggles. Ten stories were finally selected for the book.


Indonesians in Focus: Lan Fang

December 5th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Kalimantan novelist Lan Fang writes about love, the powerlessness of women and the ethnic friction in the country. Her short stories have been appearing in teen magazines since she herself was a teenager, but critics did not turn their attention to her work until several years ago.


Indonesians in Focus: Korrie Layun Rampan

November 16th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-korrie-rampan.jpgThree years of working as a politician in his homeland of West Kutai, East Kalimantan, has not let the attention of novelist Korrie Layun Rampan, one of the nation’s most well known short story writers and arguably the best literary critic in Indonesia, drift from his concerns with the development of Indonesian literature. The case was proved when Korrie Layun Rampan won the fifth Indonesian Short Story Congress (KCI) prize in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, at the end of October, 2007.


Rewriting Lives in Recycled Paper: Jakarta, West Java

November 4th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

mini-making-paper.jpgThere is a power of healing in recycled paper. A great one, according to some street children. For them, recycling paper is a way to recover their dignity as human beings. “We recycle waste paper with banana fronds, cogon grass, water hyacinth, onion peels and other organic stuff that is mostly thrown away,” said Hendra, 20, who lived on the streets of Jakarta for six years before joining the workshop. “My life is just like the paper recycling process. I was saved from the streets. I learned to become a person with more dignity by participating in this gallery,” Hendra said at his shelter, the K’Qta gallery, in Kampung Bendungan Melayu, North Jakarta.


Lampung Literature: Sumatra

October 31st, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

An eight-by-ten square meter room in a Lampung University campus complex had been transformed into a performance-ready theater. A wall at the back of the stage had been covered by a black tarpaulin. As for seats, well the audience had to put up with mats on the floor.


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