Terry Collins

Terry Collins is the co-author of Culture Shock! Jakarta and writes the Jakartass blog.

John Coast

Recruit To Revolution

John Coast was 31 when he flew to Bukittinggi in 1948. His life’s journey until that point had been one of youthful idealism when he had flirted with fascism while...

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The Influence of Javanese Music on Early Jazz

“Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.” – Herbie Hancock Previously I wrote about the arrival...

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Education is Life

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey (1859 – 1952) Psychologists will tell you that the first three years...

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The Kids Went Wild in Batavia

“The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.” – Louis Armstrong Joey Alexander’s nomination for two Grammy Awards has created a...

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Jalan Jalan – A Novel of Indonesia

Mike Stoner Tuttle Publishing 2016 ISBN 978-0-8048-4629-5 The dozen or so books about Indonesia that I’ve reviewed, most for these pages, have been undertaken with...

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A Brief History of Indonesia

A Brief History of Indonesia Tim Hannigan pub. Tuttle 2015 pp.288 ISBN 978-0-8048-4476-5 (pbk) ISBN 978-0-4629-1716-7(ebook) The sub-title is far from brief: Sultans,...

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Jakarta Jive, Bali Blues

Living through interesting times and recording them as an observer, albeit with a strong attachment, offers a value not only for future historians, but also for those of...

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IndoJazzia: Indonesian Jazz is Going Places

With the news that 11-year-old Indonesian pianist Joey Alexander’s first album, My Favourite Things, topped the jazz charts in the first week of release, the...

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Sins of the Father?

“The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father.” – Bible: Ezekiel 18:20  When I was 17 in mid-sixties London, I was at school studying for my GCE...

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Tesla Manaf Effendi

I haven’t asked Tesla why his parents gave him that name, but it fits the latest guitarist to have an international release of his music on MoonJune Records. Was...

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Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation

And explore Indonesia with a very keen eye and widening mind is what Elizabeth Pisani (EP) did for just over a year in 2011/12. She was first posted here by Reuters in...

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John H. McGlynn – The Lontar Foundation

For much of the world, Indonesia is an exotic country next to Bali, and Java is where coffee comes from. It's viewed as a land of smiles, of gamelan, spices, volcanoes,...

Welcome to Smisland

Welcome to Smisland Mathieu Sechet (aka Nyoman Seseh) (with Keira O’Connor) pub. Bali Buku 2013 After 10 years working in advertising, Mathieu Sechet enrolled in a...

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Resource Rich – Language Poor

In 2007, Indonesia was the first country to enact legislation, Law No. 40 of 2007 concerning Limited Liability Companies, making it compulsory for businesses to have CSR...

Education Guide 2017

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