In the news
- Australia exported nearly 1.3 million head of cattle last year, which is up 19 per cent on the previous year and not far off the all-time record set in 2015. But what does 2020 hold? (ABC)
- Australia’s top health official says there is “no current need” to enhance existing airport screening measures to target an unknown Sars-like virus that has infected nearly 50 people in China and killed two since it was reported on New Year’s Eve. (The Guardian)
- Rianto, is a master of the Lengger Lanang, a traditional Indonesian dance performed by men dressed as women. But Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country, has seen rising intolerance in recent years towards the LBGT community. And there are fears it could affect this traditional art form. (BBC)
- Indonesia has set its eyes on multinational corporations attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to attract investments, including tech behemoth Amazon and Singapore ride-hailing giant Grab. (The Jakarta Post)
- Though we fervently hope we are not looking at the “new normal” of weather trends in our region, the simultaneous Australian bushfires and the massive floods at home highlight a hitherto little-regarded aspect of Australia-Indonesia bilateral relations: the climate. (The Jakarta Post)
- Joko Anwar, Indonesian cinema’s man of the moment, puts women at the heart of his stories. The writer/director’s films subvert societal norms and expectations while producing mainstream films that transcend genres. Four films in 2019 underline his inventiveness, following on from his 2017 breakout success Pengabdi Setan – or Satan’s Slaves. (South China Morning Post)
In the blog
- MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – It’s that time again to learn more about the lives of those behind AIYA. This week, let’s meet Communication Officer #1 AIYA’s Jakarta Chapter, Alya Jihan.
- Brisbane, 29 February – Indonesian Diaspora QLD in conjunction with Rotary Club Archerfield are organising a dinner event to raise funds to support communities who are affected by the current bushfire and drought, from 5:30pm at the Australian International Islamic College. Purchase tickets here.
- Canberra, 26 January – AIA ACT is hosting an Australia Day lunch from midday – 2pm at Black Mountain Peninsula. Please bring a plate of food to share and drinks – AIA will provide some soft drinks and cups. RSVP to Bill at 0438 881 750 or [email protected].
- Jakarta, 28 January- Interested in completing your masters or PhD in Australia on scholarship? come to Australia Awards Scholarship Information Session hosted by AIYA Jakarta Chapter in Australia Awards in Indonesia Office, Kuningan. RSVP to Sekar +6281380229570! Seats are limited.
- Melbourne, 29 January- AIYA VIC Language Exchange is back! Come practice both Bahasa Indonesia and English while playing some fun games to kick-start your new year. More information here.
- Melbourne, 20 February – 28 March – Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia-TOPA) returns to celebrate the creative imagination of artists and cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. The events have shows showcasing the cultures of various Asian countries. Alumni of the University of Melbourne are eligible to receive a 15% discount. Check out out here.
- Sydney, 1 February – Mosman Art Gallery, in conjunction with Indonesian Embassy and the Indonesian Consulate, are hosting a special exhibition/panel discussion entitled, ‘Jumaadi: My Love is an Island Far Away’ from 11:30am. Free event but bookings essential – see the FB event.
- Sydney, 13 February, The Indonesian Literature Club in Sydney is holding their next group discussion at Customs House Library. For registration and information email [email protected]
- Applications are open for a two-year appointment as postdoc in Human Rights in East and Southeast Asia at Lund University. The candidate needs to have a written Ph.D thesis with a focus on some aspects of human rights in East and Southeast Asia. More Info.
- Join AIYA Victoria! – Want to become a key member of the AIYA Victoria committee? AIYA Victoria is calling for applicants! Please note these roles are voluntary, unpaid and for members only. Read more – apply here.
- The Department of Art History at the University of Sydney is currently searching for a Lecturer in Asian Art, open field. Full-time continuing position. Application deadline: 27 January 2020. More info.
- The Australian Volunteers for International Development Program (Australia Aid) currently have a number of volunteer assignments in Indonesia, including a Speech Therapist Mentor, Provincial Cricket Development Officer/Coach and Marketing and Communications Officer. Applications for these close 29 January 2020. Be sure to check out the full range of volunteer assignments here.
- AIA ACT’s Indonesian language classes start 3 February, and run for 8 weeks. There are five levels (3 beginner levels, intermediate and advanced). Teachers are professional and native Indonesian speaking. Register here – early bird registration closes 29 January.
- Want to advance your skills and knowledge in sustainable tourism management? Apply to join a Australia Awards short course in Australia this upcoming June. The two-week course is for tourism professionals from 15 provinces: South Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi Gorontalo, Maluku, North Maluku, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, Papua, West Papua, East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan. Applications close on 9 February 2020. More info.
- Radio Duta Nusantara is looking for volunteers. The Radio has been aired for more than 20 years and are now looking for the next announcer. Based in Sydney, they are aired twice a week for an hour and offer coaching sessions and broadcasting experience. To learn how to be part of them, contact Juliani at +61 412 262 819.
- Auditsi is currently recruiting a Maitre D’/Restaurant Manager position (based in Bali) for a new client. See the position description. A fun, bubbly personality is required – and native English speakers are encouraged to apply. If you’re interested in the role, please contact Rachel from Auditsi ([email protected]) directly.
- Attend the VILTA Annual Conference! Held on 6 March 2020, don’t miss out on Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association’s biggest event with speakers and participants from around the state coming to discuss all things Indonesian. This event will be held in Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne. Register here.
- Pemberdayaan Perempuan Memerangi Kemiskinan (PPMK) is a microfinance organisation based in Yogyakarta that work to empower women to fight poverty. They also provide free English classes to children and are currently working to establish an English book library, so children can continue learning at home. They are seeking donations of new and secondhand English books. To coordinate any donations, contact PPMK on WhatsApp at +62 857-7610-7979 or at [email protected]. Learn more about PPMK’s work!
- ACICIS is inviting all of its alumni to join the all-new alumni platform. It is packed with new features such as alumni directory, jobs and opportunities page, events page, interest-group pages, as well as other exciting features that will be added regularly. To sign-up, please visit their alumni website here.
- Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from a diverse range of people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.