Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation

Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation

Author: Elizabeth Pisani

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Published: 2014-06-23

Total Pages: 436

ISBN-13: 0393247112

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Contains 12 videos, 22 slideshows, 39 stand-alone photographs, 2 audio recordings, 11 archival documents, 12 maps, 13 illustrations, 37 hand-drawn icons. Indonesia is one of the most compelling countries on earth; it offers unexpected adventures that range from taking tea with a corpse or a sultan to negotiating crowds of thugs dressed as Islamists protesting against pop star Lady Gaga. Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation has been celebrated by The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and many other publications as a lively and deeply insightful account of the country’s complexities, but many readers have yearned for illustrations; Indonesia is also visually compelling. This enhanced edition is the answer: it includes videos, slide shows, and archival material collected by the author during her 22,000-kilometer trek around the country in 2012 as well as old letters from generals and rebels harvested from the archives she has kept in her twenty-five-year association with the country. The videos, edited and voiced by Elizabeth Pisani herself, provide an extra insight into the things she found most striking or curious. You don’t need to be online to access any of the content, and the analog-look design ensures that the multimedia materials never get in the way of a good, old-fashioned read. This is a very large file (200 MB), and it works best on an iPad.


Language and Power

Language and Power

Author: Benedict R. O'G. Anderson

Publisher: Equinox Publishing

Published: 2006

Total Pages: 320

ISBN-13: 9789793780405

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In this lively book, Benedict R. O'G. Anderson explores the cultural and political contradictions that have arisen from two critical facts in Indonesian history: that while the Indonesian nation is young, the Indonesian nation is ancient originating in the early seventeenth-century Dutch conquests; and that contemporary politics are conducted in a new language. Bahasa Indonesia, by peoples (especially the Javanese) whose cultures are rooted in medieval times. Analyzing a spectrum of examples from classical poetry to public monuments and cartoons, Anderson deepens our understanding of the interaction between modern and traditional notions of power, the mediation of power by language, and the development of national consciousness. Language and Power, now republished as part of Equinox Publishing's Classic Indonesia series, brings together eight of Anderson's most influential essays over the past two decades and is essential reading for anyone studying the Indonesian country, people or language. Benedict Anderson is one of the world's leading authorities on Southeast Asian nationalism and particularly on Indonesia. He is Professor of International Studies and Director of the Modern Indonesia Project at Cornell University, New York. His other works include Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism and The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World.


The Jakarta Method

The Jakarta Method

Author: Vincent Bevins

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Published: 2020-05-19

Total Pages: 362

ISBN-13: 1541724011

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2020 BY NPR, THE FINANCIAL TIMES, AND GQ The hidden story of the wanton slaughter -- in Indonesia, Latin America, and around the world -- backed by the United States. In 1965, the U.S. government helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one million innocent civilians. This was one of the most important turning points of the twentieth century, eliminating the largest communist party outside China and the Soviet Union and inspiring copycat terror programs in faraway countries like Brazil and Chile. But these events remain widely overlooked, precisely because the CIA's secret interventions were so successful. In this bold and comprehensive new history, Vincent Bevins builds on his incisive reporting for the Washington Post, using recently declassified documents, archival research and eye-witness testimony collected across twelve countries to reveal a shocking legacy that spans the globe. For decades, it's been believed that parts of the developing world passed peacefully into the U.S.-led capitalist system. The Jakarta Method demonstrates that the brutal extermination of unarmed leftists was a fundamental part of Washington's final triumph in the Cold War.


The Anxieties of Mobility

The Anxieties of Mobility

Author: Johan A. Lindquist

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

Published: 2009-01-01

Total Pages: 210

ISBN-13: 0824832019

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Since the late 1960s the Indonesian land of Batam has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village to a booming frontier town, where foreign investment converges with inexpensive land and labour. The book moves beyond these dichotomies to explore the experiences of migrants and tourists who pass through Batam.


The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS

The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS

Author: Elizabeth Pisani

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Published: 2008-06-17

Total Pages: 391

ISBN-13: 0393068900

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A flame-throwing epidemiologist talks about sex, drugs, and the mistakes (dismal), ideologies (vicious), and hopes (realistic) of international AIDS prevention. When people ask Elizabeth Pisani what she does for a living, she says, "sex and drugs." As an epidemiologist researching AIDS, she's been involved with international efforts to halt the disease for fourteen years. With swashbuckling wit and fierce honesty, she dishes on herself and her colleagues as they try to prod reluctant governments to fund HIV prevention for the people who need it most—drug injectors, gay men, sex workers, and johns.Pisani chats with flamboyant Indonesian transsexuals about their boob jobs and watches Chinese streetwalkers turn away clients because their SUVs aren't nice enough. With verve and clarity, she shows the general reader how her profession really works; how easy it is to draw wrong conclusions from "objective" data; and, shockingly, how much money is spent so very badly. "Exhibit A": the 45 billion taxpayer dollars the Bush administration is committing to international AIDS programs.


Journey Through Indonesia

Journey Through Indonesia

Author: Tim Hannigan

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Published: 2019-07-09

Total Pages: 317

ISBN-13: 1462920144

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Whether readers are planning a trip to Bali or just fantasizing about one, Journey Through Indonesia makes for an unforgettable Indonesia travel guide. With hundreds of full-color photographs, Journey Through Indonesia takes readers on a tour of the world's most magnificent archipelago, a vast island nation with all the diversity of an entire continent. This vibrantly illustrated book is the perfect introduction to this most colorful of countries, for both Indonesian history enthusiasts, armchair travelers, and those planning explorations and adventures in Indonesia. Indonesia is Southeast Asia's largest nation, a place of endless contrasts and myriad cultures. This comprehensive Indonesian travel guide features over 400 stunning photographs, nine detailed maps, and insightful descriptions of the country's geography, culture, history, arts, crafts, and wildlife species. Journey Through Indonesia transports readers to each of Indonesia's significant regions including: The impressive temples and volcanoes of Java The exquisite beaches of Bali The magnificent national parks of Kalimantan The traditional villages of Nusa Tenggara The tiger-haunted forests of Sumatra The spice-scented islets of Maluku The untrammeled wilderness of Papua and much more Journey Through Indonesia beautifully captures the diversity of the culture, terrain, and population of Indonesia and creates a deeper understanding of this unique island nation.


The Indonesia Reader

The Indonesia Reader

Author: Tineke Hellwig

Publisher: Duke University Press

Published: 2009-03-13

Total Pages: 490

ISBN-13: 0822392275

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Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, encompassing nearly eighteen thousand islands. The fourth-most populous nation in the world, it has a larger Muslim population than any other. The Indonesia Reader is a unique introduction to this extraordinary country. Assembled for the traveler, student, and expert alike, the Reader includes more than 150 selections: journalists’ articles, explorers’ chronicles, photographs, poetry, stories, cartoons, drawings, letters, speeches, and more. Many pieces are by Indonesians; some are translated into English for the first time. All have introductions by the volume’s editors. Well-known figures such as Indonesia’s acclaimed novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer and the American anthropologist Clifford Geertz are featured alongside other artists and scholars, as well as politicians, revolutionaries, colonists, scientists, and activists. Organized chronologically, the volume addresses early Indonesian civilizations; contact with traders from India, China, and the Arab Middle East; and the European colonization of Indonesia, which culminated in centuries of Dutch rule. Selections offer insight into Japan’s occupation (1942–45), the establishment of an independent Indonesia, and the post-independence era, from Sukarno’s presidency (1945–67), through Suharto’s dictatorial regime (1967–98), to the present Reformasi period. Themes of resistance and activism recur: in a book excerpt decrying the exploitation of Java’s natural wealth by the Dutch; in the writing of Raden Ajeng Kartini (1879–1904), a Javanese princess considered the icon of Indonesian feminism; in a 1978 statement from East Timor objecting to annexation by Indonesia; and in an essay by the founder of Indonesia’s first gay activist group. From fifth-century Sanskrit inscriptions in stone to selections related to the 2002 Bali bombings and the 2004 tsunami, The Indonesia Reader conveys the long history and the cultural, ethnic, and ecological diversity of this far-flung archipelago nation.


Beginning to Remember

Beginning to Remember

Author: Mary S. Zurbuchen

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Published: 2015-09-14

Total Pages: 368

ISBN-13: 0295998768

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Beginning to Remember charts Indonesia's turbulent decades of cultural repression and renewal amid the rise and fall of Suharto's New Order regime. These cross-disciplinary pieces illuminate Indonesia�s current efforts to reexamine and understand its past in order to shape new civic and cultural arrangements. In 1998, "reformasi" brought a wave of relief and euphoria. But Suharto's removal did not dispel persistent corruption, official secrecy and denial, religious and ethnic violence, and security policies leading to tragedy in East Timor, Aceh, and other regions. But the reformasi did open up new possibilities for seeing the past. What followed was a surge of discourse that challenged officially codified national history in mass media and publishing, in public policy debate, in the arts, and in popular mobilization and politics. This volume is an exploration of some of the expressions, narratives, and interpretations of the past found in Indonesia today. The authors illustrate ways in which the dissolution of the Indonesian state's monopoly on history is now permitting new national, local, and individual accounts and representations of the past to emerge. The book covers fields from performing arts and literature to anthropology, history, and transitional justice. The book opens with Goenawan Mohamad's dramatic poem Kali, the first publication of this important work by one of Indonesia�s leading intellectuals, which has become the libretto for an international opera production. Another chapter is a personal memoir by one of Java�s famous shadow-play masters, Tristuti Rachmadi, for years imprisoned under the New Order. Leading historian Anthony Reid commemorates the national struggle at the regional level, while South African lawyer Paul van Zyl compares efforts in transitional justice in Indonesia, East Timor, and South Africa.


Liem Sioe Liong's Salim Group

Liem Sioe Liong's Salim Group

Author: Richard Borsuk

Publisher: Flipside Digital Content Company Inc.

Published: 2014-11-07

Total Pages: 574

ISBN-13: 9814519901

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After Suharto gained power in Indonesia in the mid-1960s, he stayed as the country's president for more than three decades, helped by the powerful military, hefty foreign aid and support from a coterie of cronies. A pivotal business backer for his New Order government was Liem Sioe Liong, a migrant from China, who arrived in Java in 1938. A combination of the Suharto connection, serendipity and personal charm propelled him to become the wealthiest tycoon in Southeast Asia. This is the story of how Liem built the Salim Group, a conglomerate that in its heyday controlled Indonesia's largest non-state bank, the country's dominant cement producer and flour mill, as well as the world's biggest maker of instant noodles. The book features exclusive input from Liem, who died in 2012, and his youngest son, Anthony Salim. It traces the founder's life and the group's symbiosis with Suharto, his generals and family. After the tumultuous 1997-98 Asian financial crisis sparked Suharto's fall and a backlash against the strongman's cronies, Anthony staved off the crushing of the debt-laden group. Told in a journalistic style, the story of the Salim Group provides insights into Suharto's New Order. For business executives, students and anyone with an interest in Southeast Asia's largest economy, the volume makes a valuable contribution towards understanding the country's modern history.