Issue 54
Welcome to Issue 54- third issue for 2008.


Phillip Mahnken, Sunshine Coast

The power, the efficiency and the beauty of all things are functions of their difference. Frieda M. Holt

  • 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 54 September - December 2008

  • ACICIS Update 25 Sept 2008 from new Yogyakarta Program Officer Elena Williams.
  • ASILE 2009 Maju Bersama Call for papers (pdf) - conference in Sydney 14 - 15 July 2009
  • Islam and amphetamines - change on the island of Lombok by Tony Young (MS Word), lucid, insightful observations of society and the law by an Australian lawyer cum student of Indonesian (accompanying images to follow.)
  • Taking a closer look at Indonesia by Prof. Barbara Hatley, in the Australian, October 04, 2008
  • Substantial (200 fold) increase of Indonesian research budget
  • International Year of Languages Online Seminars
  • ACICIS wins ALTC award
  • Some Indonesian language learning sites - this one is thorough and terrific, not the most exciting in multimedia terms but you will really learn a lot three levels, with a sound file, a reading (pdf) and an exercise on each theme - utterly superb for developing listening skills but requires intermediate Indonesian - some taster materials - looks (or rather, sounds) good to me, especially for those who like a measured and patient approach; meet authors at

    Languages Online - Indonesian Department of Education Victoria Australia - good simple stuff for school kids with bells and whistles, animations, games, voice recordings. Try the Indonesian Section 30: Parts of the body and click the first link to get a crazy spinning robot in a blender.

    Hello Indonesia! an Educational Celebration of Language, Culture and Travel - at first glance, light, fun and perhaps touristic in tone but hey! get what you can from every source.

    Indonesian and Japanese multimedia readers for the middle years (a NALSAS Project -now housed at Asia Education Foundation. Also available on CD if you can locate it.) This resource contains online readers for Indonesian language students in years 5-8.


    This rich multimedia Indonesian readerThis resource comprises 30 passages, organised in 6 broad themes: Dunia Saya, Kehidupan Sehari-hari, Makanan & Kesehatan, Agama & Kepercayaan, Dunia Manusia, and Lingkungan Kita. Within each theme, there are 5 passages, ranked from easiest to hardest. For example, the passages in Dunia Saya are generally pitched at lower year levels, whereas those in Lingkungan Kita are generally aimed at higher year levels within the middle school. In addition to student resources, the reader also contains information for the teacher, acknowledgements and a help section." REF

    Added later: Resourceful Indonesian initiated by Jim Athanasiadis in 2013, wide-ranging database for both educators and students of Indonesian.

  • Please send your views and news. 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 or report about the state of Indonesian in your school, an event, an achievement, a problem that the Indonesian teaching commuity would like to know about.

  • From Archives

  • 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!
  • Languages Education Australia - a treasure chest of developments in languages education
  • AsiaCALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology

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

  • Relevant reading for students and teachers in past issues.

    Issue 53, Issue 52 Issue 51 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 2009 Conference blog
    Maju bersama: Advancing Australia's Indonesian Language Potential

    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)