It hasn’t been a great week for Australia-Indonesia relations, it’s fair to say. Clearly there’s much more work to be done to ensure stronger understanding of each others’ politics and culture, and to build mutual trust. As CAUSINDY 2013 delegate Natalie Sambhi tweeted:
— Natalie Sambhi (@SecurityScholar) November 20, 2013
Well said, Nat!
- Take a look at this great recap of the Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth held in Canberra last month.
- PPIA (@PPIAustralia) issued a media release encouraging Indonesian students in Australia to keep calm and carry on.
- La Trobe University’s Monika Winarnita and Nicholas Herriman write in The Conversation that Australians would benefit from an understanding of Indonesian concepts of ‘face’.
- Despite the diplomatic turbulence this week, Australian beef exports to Indonesia continue to boom (Reuters).
- Reuters also has a feature about Indonesia’s heroic anti-corruption commission.
- Good work by some Indonesian archaeologists, who have found the wreck of a WWII-era German submarine off the coast of Java (Jakarta Post).
- @BenjaminBland of the Financial Times reports from Aceh, whose recovery from the 2004 tsunami offers lessons for the Philippines.
- For the history buffs: it’s fifty years today since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Take a look at the Kennedy Library’s fascinating collection of documents relating to Indonesia from Kennedy’s presidency.
For your entertainment
- Check out the second instalment of Irama Nusantara, a collection of retro Indonesian classics from music producer and writer David Tarigan.
- TEMPO magazine has a terrific special edition focusing on under-visited travel destinations in Indonesia. Get planning!
- The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the Jakarta Biennale, on now until 30 November (website here).
Events and jobs
- Melbourne, tonight: if you’ve already RSVP’d to AIYA Victoria’s official launch event, don’t forget that it kicks off at 7:00p.m. at the Alan Gilbert Building on Grattan St, Parkville.
- Melbourne, 23 November: come celebrate the 30th anniversary of the wonderful Inside Indonesia magazine at CERES tomorrow night. Full details on the AIYA Blog.
- AIYA is looking for a volunteer website contributor to report on Indonesian contemporary culture for us. Must have excellent Bahasa Indonesian skills and good knowledge of the cultural scene in Indonesia. Take a look at the listing at the AIYA Job Board.