AIYA wishes all our Buddhist friends and their families a happy Wesak Day 2014. The photo above shows yesterday’s celebrations at Borobudur temple, Central Java (via Kompas).
In the news
- The Indonesian presidential race is beginning to take shape, with Prabowo Subianto securing economics minister Hatta Rajasa as his running mate, while Joko Widodo’s team are still to determine their vice-presidential candidate.
- At East Asia Forum, Teri Caraway and Michele Ford talk about the role of trade unions in this year’s elections.
- At Inside Indonesia, Tessa Toumbourou on community backlash against mining in Bangka.
- Whiteboard Journal (@wjournal) has a great little story on the legendary Solo recording studio, Lokananta.
- @BenjaminBland in the FT looks at how Indonesia has become a testing ground for comebacks from brands like BlackBerry and Datsun.
- Elizabeth Pisani’s (@ElizabethPisani) terrific-looking new book, Indonesia etc., is going to press—check out a trial of the interactive ebook here on her blog.
- The New York Times profiles Darbotz, a Indonesian graffiti artist making a name for himself abroad.
Events and opportunities
- Applications to be part of CAUSINDY 2014 in Jakarta are open—get more info here.
- Melbourne, tonight: PPIA UniMelb’s 2014 Indonesian Careers Expo opens at the Spot building at 5:30p.m.
- Canberra, 18 May: the National Gallery of Australia will hold a performance by dancers from the Keraton of Yogyakarta, as part of its Garden of the East exhibition of historical photographs of Indonesia.
- Sydney, 27 May: the Australia Indonesia Business Council NSW hosts an evening event on the legal landscape for doing business in Indonesia. RSVP soon so you don’t miss out!