Monthly Archives: August 2011

Strange Fruit

A trained anthropologist takes up her first assignment in the Kalimantan jungle. A Taste For Green Tangerines Author: Barbara Bisco Publisher: Black Lotus The subtitle of this novel should have been enough to alert me: A Romp in the Rainforest. … Continue reading

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Reminder of history’s richness and complexity

Early Malay Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and Malay Peninsula Paul Michel Munoz Editions Didier Millet, 2006 pp.392 Paul Munoz is a Frenchman with more than 20 years experience of living in Singapore, from which base he has pursued his … Continue reading

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New Light Through an Old Window

A new book takes a fresh look at the 1965-66 mass killings in Indonesia. ‘Constructive Bloodbath’ in Indonesia The United States, Britain and the Mass Killings of 1965-66 Author: Nathaniel Mehr, with foreword by Carmel Budiarjo Publisher: Spokesman Books (UK) … 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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Students swindled and stranded

A scandal involving 49 Indonesian students who sought places in Egypt’s prestigious Al-Azhar University has been revealed. Instead of enrolling in the Cairo university, the students ended up in Malaysia where 15 were discovered doing odd jobs to support themselves. … 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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The apostrophe’s malaise

Just what is it about the humble apostrophe or rather the ‘s that causes so many problems? In Carl Chairul’s otherwise sharply written piece for Sunday Post’s “By The Way” column we have, “…as soon as they receive their Volvo’s.” … Continue reading

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