Issue 51
Welcome to Issue 51 - third issue for 2007.


Phillip Mahnken, Sunshine Coast

Richard Woolcott Richard admits he's had some embarrassing moments with language. "I've always believed it's best to speak the language, so I was studying Indonesian... It's gone wrong for me on a couple of occasions, [one where] the First Secretary offered to act as interpreter because I said I wasn't really confident enough to speak in Indonesian at that stage. I said a few words, he said something... I noticed some of the men were laughing and some of the women were blushing. What he'd actually said, simply by leaving out one Indonesian word in the phrase, 'I'm very glad to be [here]... on top of my wife,' instead of 'on behalf of'!" ABC Brisbane Conversations

  • Indonesian language learners and native speakers discussion group (all polite topics allowed, except commercial spam), sign up at indonesian_learners
    If you are looking for a real beginners e-group, better to join: australiaindonesia

    The Indonesian Studies Newsletter
    of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)

    Issue 51 September - December 2007

  • Jamie Mackie, Australia and Indonesia: current problems, future prospects, Lowy Institute
  • (Mis)perceptions of Indonesia, beyond incompetence, arrogance [pdf]
    Wednesday, September 05, 2007 Tri Pujanarto, Yogyakarta
    quotes USC/USydney student Inez Mahony!!!!!!!! Original
  • Rechelle Marshall, Honours students, report on Indonesia Update 2007
  • MLTAV Urgent request for action on APPA Charter diminution of primary education
  • Rudd steals limelight with Mandarin Doug Conway The Australian 6 Sept. 2007
  • Downer snide about languages
  • Downer takes swipe at Rudd's Mandarin SMH 7 Sept. 2007
  • Interesting times as Rudd parades on Howard's reign Phillip Coorey SMH September 8, 2007
  • Bit of a Downer on speaking Mandarin SMH September 7, 2007
  • New language, new horizons partisan stuff but water to parched language teachers
  • Indonesia Update 2007 report from USC participants coming
  • Indonesian Forum Melbourne presents AssPro Tamrin Amal Tomagola of the University of Indonesia on 18 Oct 2007 "From Lombok with Affection: Ethnic Harmony in Lombok"
  • Myth Magic & Master Puppetry - Shadow Puppeteer Sumardi is returning to Australia to share his craft and culture with students through a nation-wide tour
  • Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators (ASILE website ) Conference Proceedings
  • O/D on gorgeous Borobudur pictures by Myke Gerrish
  • Hurry hurry hurry if you're interested in Lombok language program for Jan - Feb 2008 - the website has been updated esp the all-important information page
  • Indonesian Internships - work placement in an organisation in Yogya
  • Associate Professor Tamrin Tomagola's lecture for the Indonesia Forum of Melbourne University 18 Oct 2007 on Ethnic Harmony in Lombok? available as audio
  • Kehidupan di sebuah PonPes (Pondok Pesantren), Jawa Timur oleh Louise Blair (MS Word with images)
  • Australians 'ignorant about Indonesia' The Australian October 02, 2006
  • An important relationship on the brink of maturity Jamie Mackie The Australian 31-10-07 [Local copy]
  • Melbourne Community Gamelan presents Gamelan in the Gallery, Sunday 25 November, 12 midday-4 pm National Gallery of Victoria International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
  • The Last Post - Closure and the Humanities and Social Sciences - one day seminar at QUT, Carseldine campus, 29 November 2007
  • RI sees better relations with a Rudd Australia Abdul Khalik, The Jakarta Post 26 Nov 2007

  • From ISN50

    ROBERT MCCLELLAND MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Speech to Australia Indonesia Business Council, Sydney, 15 March 2007 Enhancing the Australia-Indonesian relationship through Good Actions as well as Good Reactions (pdf)
  • US author Tim Weiner speaks with Fran Kelly, ABC RN 8 Aug 2007 ".. the only way to know another man's mind, is to talk to him. And we can't speak the language. We do not speak Arabic. We do not speak Chinese or Korean or Farsi the language of Iran or Pushtu. [...] We better begin there with the language and history and culture of the countries we want to understand. Phil Mahnken comment and excerpt
  • Languages Education Australia - a treasure chest of developments in languages education

  • From ISN49

  • DARMASISWA SCHOLARSHIPS via the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra. One year at an Indonesian institution studying the area of your choice (national and regional languages, music, dance, arts, etc) Dr. Agus Sartono, the new Education and Cultural Attaché has fifty scholarships to allocate and is keen to hear from applicants at any time. Further Darmasiswa Information is available at It's a once-in-a-lifetime and life-changing experience!
  • AsiaCALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)
  • Lowy Institute Sydney, Wednesday Lunch 1 August with Dr Peter McCawley Flyer
  • Indonesia: Punching Below its Weight? Many Lowy Institute talks available as mp3.
  • Your views and news, please. Please send any news of developments in Indonesian studies
    or a link to descriptions of your current or past research. Write us an opinion piece!


    National Online Undergraduate Seminar for Indonesian Studies 6 October 2006. Archives with sound and visuals are available via these links: Aspinall, Hatley, Elson and Ford. Try out the audio-conference room at

  • Steve Miller's Honours Thesis on Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  • Completely new worlds An inspiring testimonial from a languages student

  • Websites of ongoing value

  • INDONEWS from the Asia Institute of Melbourne University
  • Languages Education Australia
  • Berita Bahasa Indonesia NSW Bulletin for Teachers of Indonesian
  • Speaking with Cloth: Cerita Dalam Kain Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) stunning online exhibition to accompany the real thing.
  • Indonesian and Japanese Online Readers highly interactive and intercultural
  • Remembering vocabulary in your foreign language
  • Recent Asialink iLectures. (audio files). See also Recent Lecture, Seminar and Forum transcripts

  • Recommended reading:

  • Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology


    Return to the RAMBU WACANA - signpost to Indonesia-related links

  • Relevant reading for students and teachers alike in past issues.
    Issue 50 49 48 47 46 45 44,43,42, 41, 40,39, 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33, 32, 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 26


    "Europe and Asia Between Islam and the United States"
    Melbourne, Australia 6-7 December


    ASILE 2007 Conference
    5-8 July 2007
    on the Sunshine Coast

    Proceedings *

    ‘By increasing greatly the
    number of Australians with a ‘full immersion’ knowledge of Indonesia, its
    peoples, language(s) and ways of doing things, we will gradually reduce
    the prevalence in the community of stereotypes and misconceptions,
    prejudices and ignorance of Indonesian etiquette that can unwittingly be highly damaging to the image of Australia in Indonesia. Educational and cultural exchanges will play an important part in this, but must be developed on a far broader scale than hitherto, with more adequate funding and possibly along quite new lines. The serious loss of momentum on this front in recent years needs to be remedied as vigorously as possible.'
    [page xiii].

    (Australia and Indonesia
    Current ProbLems, Future Prospects
    Jamie Mackie, Lowy Institute Paper 19. Available online)