Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #02: Investigating The Popularity Of Surabaya's Mayor Tri Rismaharini by Fionna, Ulla
Indonesia's decentralization and direct local elections have produced several credible popular local leaders. One of them is Surabaya's mayor, Tri Rismaharini (Risma), who gained much attention for her impressive work ethics and her commitment in improving the city. Examination on the perception and support for her policies on cleanliness, the closure of Dolly (Surabaya's main red light district) and the management of education reveals that Risma is perceived as a capable leader. Risma's success in Surabaya showcases an effective combination between an electorate that is politically savvy and a bold local leader with a clear and sustained focus in the implementation of her policies.
Sovereignty And The Sea: How Indonesia Became An Archipelagic State by Butcher, John G.; R. E. Elson
Until the mid-1950s nearly all of the sea between the far-flung islands of the Indonesian archipelago was open to ships of all nations, but in 1957, the Indonesian government declared that it had absolute sovereignty over all the waters lying within straight baselines drawn between the outermost islands of Indonesia. In this single step, Indonesia made its lands and seas a unified entity for the first time, a claim formally recognized in 1982 by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Sovereignty and the Sea explores how Indonesia succeeded in its extraordinary claim despite its low international profile. John G. Butcher and R. E. Elson reveal that at the heart of Indonesia's archipelagic campaign was a small group of Indonesian diplomats whose dogged persistence, negotiating skills, and willingness to make difficult compromises resulted in Indonesia becoming the greatest archipelagic state in the world.
Snow Over Surabaya by Barley, Nigel
Not many British schoolgirls have grown up to become revolutionary heroes of distant, eastern nations but Muriel Stewart Walker did just that. Under a multitude of different names - 'K'tut Tantri' and 'Surabaya Sue' being the best know - she joined in the struggle for Indonesian independence after the Second World War and broadcast its revolutionary message to the world on Rebel Radio. She went on to become an intimate of the revolutionary leaders and finally lived to see Indonesia take its place amongst the free nations of the world. Glaswegian 'Surabaya Sue' is virtually unknown in the West and, even in Indonesia, there have always been doubts about her version of events that many have dismissed outright as a blatant mixture of outrageous fantasy and dishonest omissions. Snow over Surabaya happily embraces those doubts and brings a new, spirited account of her adventures in that tempestuous world.
Indonesia And Not, Poems And Otherwise: Anecdotes Scattered by Lane, Max
A collection of poems, vignettes and short stories set in Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia between 1969 and today.
Contemporary Indonesian Art: Artists, Art Spaces, And Collectors by Speilmann, Yvonne
This book is a comprehensive introduction to the country's key artists, curators, institutions, and collectors. It demonstrates how early artists broke from colonial and post-colonial power structures and shows how today's artists grapple with issues of identity, globalization, and nation-building in Indonesia. The survey crosses ethnic, cultural, and religious boundaries, combining the traditional (batik, woodcut, dance, and Javanese shadow puppet theater) with the contemporary (comics and manga, graffiti, and advertising). Taken together, it is a powerful argument for why Indonesia is becoming a major force in the international art community.
Archipelago: A Journey Across Indonesia by Burnet, Ian
Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago nation, comprising over 17,000 islands. It is the most culturally diverse nation, containing an extraordinary melange of races, religions, languages, and cultures. In this book, author Ian Burnet takes a journey across the archipelago. He intertwines the history and geography, as well as the many races, languages, and cultures that make up a country whose motto is "Unity in Diversity." Traveling by bus, train, plane, and motorcycle, from Java to Timor, Burnet hops from island to island across the archipelago. He traces the history of the early Malay people and the influence of Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. He discovers the heritage of the Indians, Chinese, and Arabs trading in spice and sandalwood and follows the rise of Islam. Burnet traces of the first Europeans to enter Asia - the early Portuguese and priests. Illustrated with photographs and historical maps, this book takes the reader on a personal journey through geographic space and historical time.
Cigarette Girl by Kumala, Ratih
Savour the familiar scent of clove and tobacco ... for this is the aroma of Indonesia s history. Soeraja is dying. On his deathbed he calls for Jeng Yah, a woman who is not his wife. His three sons, Lebas, Karim and Tegar heirs to Kretek Djagad Raja, Indonesia s largest clove cigarette empire are shocked, and their mother is consumed by jealousy. So begins the brothers search into the deepest recesses of Java for Jeng Yah, to fulfil their father s dying wish and to learn the truth about the family business and its secrets. Cigarette Girl is more than just a love story and the soul-searching journey of three brothers. Set on the island of Java the story follows the evolution of a family s kretek, or clove cigarette, business from its birth in the Dutch East Indies of the early 1940s, and it takes readers through three generations of Indonesian history, from the Dutch colonial era to the Japanese occupation, the struggle for independence and the bloody coup of 1965 in which half a million Indonesians were hunted down and killed. Rich in detail, with characters who struggle to right the wrongs of past generations, their relationships torn apart by the viciousness of revolution and politics, Cigarette Girl introduces readers to the history of Indonesia through clove cigarettes and unrequited love.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #13: Is A New Entrepreneurial Generation Emerging In Indonesia? by Njoto-Feillard, Gwenael; Kathleen Azali
The main actors in Indonesia's business landscape have long been assumed to be the country's Chinese minority. However, in the last decade, there has been a more visible, growing culture of entrepreneurship amongst the pribumi or native Indonesians. Democratic reforms, decentralization and the deregulation of certain sectors of the economy, facilitated by new information technology, have enabled a new generation of entrepreneurs to emerge outside the traditional system of political patronage. New forms of networking are taking shape within local and national business associations, networking forums, and the marketing and business media. While civil servant positions are still highly sought after, the idea of entrepreneurship and business as careers is becoming more and more popular, especially among young Indonesians. The challenge that the Joko Widodo administration faces is to encourage this new social dynamic without falling into the trap of constructing artificial support programmes. These showed themselves to be counter-productive in the past.
Witch-Hunt And Conspiracy: The "Ninja Case" In East Java by Herriman, Nicholas
This book brings unique insight and prize-winning analysis to an extraordinary story - that of a witch-hunt and 'ninja' craze that swept a region of Java, Indonesia, in 1998. When neighbours, family members and friends believed that one among them was a sorcerer, this suspicion would sometimes culminate in the death of the suspect. Using first-hand accounts, Herriman provides these events with a detailed context and history and analyses their development in terms of the interplay of national institutions and local culture and dynamics.
Chinese Epigraphy In Singapore, 1819-1944 (Two Volumes) by Dean, Kenneth; Guan Thye Hue
The history of Singapore's Chinese community has been carved in stone and wood throughout the country. This book looks specifically at 62 temples, native-place associations, and guildhalls where epigraphs made between 1819 and 1911 are still found today. These early inscriptions provide first-hand historical information on the aspirations and contributions of the early generation of Chinese settlers in Singapore and reveal the many ways that the epigraph's chosen structures-and the institutions they represent-have evolved over the years. These epigraphs, newly translated into English, open a window into the world of Chinese communities in Singapore, offering an important source for the study of both Chinese overseas as well as the place of Buddhism and Taoism within the political and social climate of colonial and postcolonial Singapore.
Bali: Ancient Rites In The Digital Age by Ida Bagus Putra Adnyana (Photos); Diana Darling
Bali: Ancient Rites in the Digital Age is a personal portfolio of work by the photographer Ida Bagus Putra Adnyana-offering a close view of rituals that few people have seen, often in remote villages of the island. The Hindu Balinese rituals described by author Diana Darling cover rites of passage and the rituals of death as well as those devoted to the gods, to the lower spirits, and the initiation of priests. As a Balinese from a Brahmana priestly family, Adnyana brings an insider's knowledge of his subject, and he is often granted special access to rare ritual ceremonies. Thus, he is able to photograph with the greatest possible intimacy.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #12: Understanding Jokowi's Foreign Policy by Weatherbee, Donald E.
The foreign policy issue in the 2014 Indonesian presidential election was the rejection by both candidates, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Prabowo Subianto, of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's high-profile globalism. Both promised instead a foreign policy directed to the real economic and social interests of the people. This raised concerns by Indonesia's international partners that its new foreign policy would be more nationalistic and inward looking. A year and a half into Jokowi's presidency, it is possible to make a preliminary assessment of the course of Jokowi's foreign policy in relation to the goals that Jokowi the candidate set forth for Jokowi the president.
Shaman Of Bali, The by Greet, John
Adam Milan washes up on the coast of Bali after being forced off a yacht at gunpoint by a psychotic captain. He is taken in by Anak, a Balinese hotel owner and healer. During his recuperation Adam is reported drowned by the media and he sees this as an opportunity for a fresh start in life. Assuming a new identity, Adam takes a job at Anak's hotel and gradually rebuilds his life while experiencing all that the Island of the Gods has to offer. Things take a sinister turn, however, when he becomes entangled in a world of drug dealers, and when a friend is arrested with ten kilos of cocaine Adam is forced to help him escape from Bali's notorious Kerobokan prison, or 'Hotel K'. Shaman of Bali offers a riveting insight into a world of drug smuggling, cockfighting, bribery and imprisonment, flavoured with shamanic rituals and Balinese mysticism. Based on the experiences of the author, this powerful crime thriller does for Bali what Shantaram did for Bombay.
Brief History Of Bali, A: Piracy, Slavery, Opium And Guns - The Story Of An Island Paradise by Hanna, Willard A.
This book tells the story of Bali, its rulers and its people, and their encounters with the Western world. A new introduction by Adrian Vickers, a professor of history at the University of Sydney, places the book into the context of the literature on Bali and the impact that the Western world and tourism are currently having on the island.
Renditions Of My Soul: The Story Of A Balinese Woman by Desak Yoni; Sarita Newson
A Balinese girl, whose childhood dreams turn into a nightmare in a foreign country, returns to her island home to rediscover herself, but her problems follow her and multiply. Fate holds her captive and she finds it hard to escape from the path she is on. While writing her diary, she returns to her childhood haunts, retracing her own fears of bad karma. Home on her island that everybody considers to be a paradise, she finds very little respite. She is reminded that bad karma is accepted as retribution for ill deeds.
Bones Of The Dark Moon by Lewis, Richard E.
During construction on an idyllic Bali seashore, workers uncover skeletons, victims of brutal mass murder. The discovery sets the village of Batu Gede astir. The life of Made "Nol" Ziro, a stalwart member of the community with a little gambling problem, is turned upside down. Could one of those skeletons be that of his schoolmaster father, who disappeared during the massacre of 1965?
Impact Of State Restructuring On Indonesia's Regional Economic Convergence, The by Adiwan Fahlan Aritenang
The creation of ASEAN Free Trade Area in 1992 and decentralization in 1999 mark the state restructuring in Indonesia. This book analyses the impact of state restructuring on regional economic development in Indonesia between 1993 and 2010. Regional economic analysis shows persistent and severe regional disparities throughout the period. Particularly, econometrics study found that decentralization has accelerated regional disparities whilst the AFTA effect is insignificant on regional economic growth.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #05: The State Of Local Politics In Indonesia - Survey Evidence From Three Cities by Fossati, Diego
Decentralization reforms in Indonesia have empowered local government with substantial powers. Local politics therefore constitutes a privileged arena for the study of democratic consolidation in this country. This paper analyses a rich, original dataset with survey data from the cities of Medan in North Sumatra, Samarinda in East Kalimantan, and Surabaya in East Java. These three surveys, fielded shortly after the implementation of local direct elections on 9 December 2015, offer an unprecedented opportunity to learn about how various aspects of local politics are experienced by voters. Voters in Medan, Samarinda and Surabaya are rather similar in their evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of local government performance, in their experience of electoral campaigns, in how they account for voting choices and evaluate candidates. However, they also differ in their satisfaction with and trust in local institutions, and in their degree of political interest, participation, and knowledge. The paper concludes with a discussion of the relevance of the finding for our understanding of Indonesian politics.
Racial Science And Human Diversity In Colonial Indonesia by Sysling, Fenneke
Indonesia is home to diverse peoples who differ from one another in terms of physical appearance as well as social and cultural practices. The way such matters are understood is partly rooted in ideas developed by racial scientists working in the Netherlands Indies beginning in the late nineteenth century, who tried to develop systematic ways to define and identify distinctive races. Their work helped spread the idea that race had a scientific basis in anthropometry and craniology, and was central to people's identity, but their encounters in the archipelago also challenged their ideas about race. In this new monograph, Fenneke Sysling draws on published works and private papers to describe the way Dutch racial scientists tried to make sense of the human diversity in the Indonesian archipelago. The making of racial knowledge, it contends, cannot be explained solely in terms of internal European intellectual developments. It was 'on the ground' that ideas about race were made and unmade with a set of knowledge strategies that did not always combine well. Sysling describes how skulls were assembled through the colonial infrastructure, how measuring sessions were resisted, what role photography and plaster casting played in racial science and shows how these aspects of science in practice were entangled with the Dutch colonial Empire.
Furniture Salesman Who Became President, The (Graphic Novel) by Hammond, J. Casey (Trans.)
This is the true life story of "Jokowi" told in attractive graphic novel form. Rising from boyhood poverty in an urban kampung to adult success as a furniture exporter, Jokowi then entered politics during reformasi as a refereshingly honest candidate. His ascent has been meteoric: from mayor to governor to president - in less than 10 years! Filled with personal anecdotes, this charmingly illustrated book reveals the exemplary character of the first Indonesian to be elected president as an "outsider" to the traditional power and money elite.