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Lakoat Kujawas: Comfort Food and Literature from the Heart of Timor

Munching on shrimp dumplings fried in lard (babi oangke) at lively garden weddings, dipped in a tangy chili sauce bursting with flavours of Timorese cilantro, mint and...

Herawati Diah

An Endless Journey: Reflections of an Indonesian Journalist

One doesn’t plan to live 97 years, but in doing so, it is impossible not to consider how it was accomplished, and moreover, what one contributed to the betterment of...

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,...

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...

Through Darkness to Light: Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2013

The Ubud Readers and Writers Festival opened for the tenth year on October 11th with an all female gamelan orchestra. The theme, ‘Through Darkness to Light’, is...

Penguin Books by Aldous Huxley

A Brave New Lesson Plan

One of the few things I remember from when I was seven or eight years old was being introduced to the 1812 Overture in class. I hated it of course; boring, fuddy duddy...

Poetry in Indonesia

The poetry world feels like it’s an over-inflated balloon about to burst after the number of scandals that have emerged – award-winning poets Christian Ward and...

Citra

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...

Laying Down Roots The Forgotten Folklores of Indonesia

Laying Down Roots: The Forgotten Folklores of Indonesia

Being a 1990s Indonesian child and early 2000s teen, I grew up being taught projections on the 21st century “global era”. It was, and maybe still is, a generation of...

Raffles & Brit. Invasion of Java

Raffles Unravelled

Raffles and the British Invasion of Java Tim Hannigan Monsoon Books 2012 368pp ISBN 978-981-4358-85-9 As a lad growing up in post-World War II London, I was force-fed a...

Classic Non-Fiction Set in Indonesia and Malaysia

This article follows on from that on Classic Western Fiction Set in Indonesia and Malaysia published previously in issue 76. Most of the books mentioned here have not...

Joseph Conrad in Indonesia

Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924) was the most successful ESL/EFL/ESOL student of all time. A Pole by birth, he did not speak English until he was in his twenties, but in...

Literary Works Capable of Change

Take an ambitious businessman drunk on being so close to power, a media baron who uses his political acquaintances to strengthen his own newspaper’s position, the...

Education Guide 2017

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