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1001 Books for Indonesian Children

Since 2002, 1001buku Foundation has been campaigning to provide equal access to books for Indonesian children. While technology and Internet access continue to grow in...

Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi

It was towards the end of my tour at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta when, in 1969, West Papua became the twenty-sixth province of Indonesia after the so-called ‘Act...

Jamie James and The Glamour of Strangeness

Jamie James’ book “The Glamour of Strangeness” is a global survey of exotes, artists and writers who “roam the world in search of the home they never had in the...


Police Confiscate “Pornographic” Textbooks in West Sumatra

Police raided a number of Sumatra schools early this month and confiscated “pornographic textbooks” that supposedly contained vulgar content.

Writing the Indonesian Experience

When I first arrived in the early ‘90s, it was close to impossible to find any English language books about Indonesia. Things have changed. The Internet was not yet...

Indonesia Bans ‘Left-Wing’ Books

On Tuesday, Indonesia celebrated National Book Day. But the event was disturbed by reports of book raids and confiscations by the country’s officials in a bid to...

John H McGlynn - The Lontar Foundation

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,...

Mackenzie and the Girls by the Library

Inspiration Comes in all Shapes and Sizes: The Madura Library Project

Inspirational adults striving to make a difference in their communities are out there. Inspirational teenagers, however, are not as easy to come by, and one particular...

Rama sending his signet ring to Shinta

Balinese Literature: A Moveable Feast

In understanding Balinese literature, we must start with a religion and mythology founded in India over 3,500 years ago. The Ramayana and Mahabharata epics have played a...

Tamara Fielding: Wayang Puppeteer

Tamara Fielding was born in 1934 in Cimahi, West Java, in the Dutch East Indies to a Dutch father and a mixed Indonesian and European mother. She grew up in a large...


Faces of Jakarta: Citra, the National Library Librarian

For the last six years, Citra, who boards a train and a bajaj every day, wakes up well before the sun comes up in order to travel the two hours it takes to get from her...

Book - Indonesia Face To Face

Indonesia Face To Face

Ivan Southall (1921-2008) was an Australian writer best known for young-adult fiction, but he also wrote seven books for adults, including Indonesia Face To Face. In...

Hari Saraswati In Praise of Books

Hari Saraswati: In Praise of Books

With the islandwide celebration of Dewi Saraswati on August 10th, it’s only appropriate to offer a paean to Bali’s bountiful World of Books. The wife of the god...






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