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Street Credibility

Selected portraits of Jakarta’s itinerant street vendors – tales of strength in adversity rather than despair and defeat. NINETEEN Text by: Irfan Kortschak Publisher: Mercy Corps 2008 It would take a remarkably dumb visitor to Indonesian cities not to notice … Continue reading

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Chinese in Indonesia

What better time to discuss the history of the Chinese in Indonesia than Chinese New Year whilst posting at the same time regrets at the passing of Indonesia’s fourth president   Abdurrahman Wahid, fondly known as Gus Dur, a man who … Continue reading

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Higher education and ethnic Chinese

The Chinese form a huge diaspora around the globe with its biggest concentration in Southeast Asia. Sizeable Chinese minorities exist in Indonesia, the largest numerically in the region; Malaysia, where they form the biggest non-Malay cohort; Thailand, where they have … Continue reading

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Minangkabau

Piquant Food, Shimmering Music and National Heroes In the Dutch city of Leiden, famous for its university, is a place name that should make Indonesians proud: Sjarirstraat. The street was named in honour of one of the most famous sons … Continue reading

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Sundanese

“Sundanese? Don’t you mean Sudanese?” It’s an easy enough mistake to make I suppose, only one letter is different but that ‘n’ is absolutely critical. No, there are no comparisons to be made between the Sudan, Africa’s largest nation with … Continue reading

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Mochtar Buchori – A man of the people

When Indonesia’s ex-strongman Soeharto died recently, the media was unsurprisingly awash with commentaries on his 32-year rule and its legacy. One commentator I looked for in particular was the noted educationist Professor Mochtar Buchori, a frequent contributor to the English-language … Continue reading

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Reflections On Some Contacts From Outside

Recently, I wrote an Insight piece about the earliest peopling of the islands of Indonesia, and that long, long period in which they were first settled by Homo sapiens. If we look to later migrations however, and contacts between various … Continue reading

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