ISN Issue 61
Welcome to Issue 61 - first issue for 2011.
" It seems ridiculous that geographically we can be in such close proximity to a nation, yet know so little about them. And I cringe as I admit that my knowledge of Indonesia is very limited. Actually, correction - it's pathetic.
Of course we know that Bali is a hugely popular tourist destination with Australians. And for me, Indonesia is also home to a genre of music that near made my head explode the first time I heard it. Gamelan percussion. I got my grubby mitts on some gamelan music recorded early last century and those sounds gave me goosebumps for days afterwards. Still do today. All I could think was, "Where in the world does this come from?" The current "Closing The Gap" exhibition showcases contemporary Indonesian art. ' from great article Closing the Gap, Opening Your Mind posted by Namila Benson Wednesday 2 March, 2011 at ABC Arts.
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The Indonesian Studies Newsletter
of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
Issue 61 January - April 2011
- Decline in Indonesian language courses damaging us 14 Feb 2011 A Perth meeting has heard it is good strategy to keep Australian-Indonesian lines of communication open. By Jeff Li and Annette Blackwell in Campus Review. Just as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was proposing Australia halt aid to Indonesian educators, language experts were gathering in Perth in an effort to rejuvenate Indonesian language learning in Australia.
- Plan unable to save study of Indonesian Bernard Lane, The Australian, February 16, 2011
- Language That Many Students Forgot Bernard Lane, The Australian, February 19, 2011
- Indonesia a 'huge opportunity' Bernard Lane The Australian February 19, 2011 12:00AM
- Establishment of Australian National Network for University Languages
- A slice of Indonesia in country Victoria
- http://www.foto-foto.com/ Been updated and expanded
- Foreign Minister welcomes visit by Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs - Media release Sydney 11 February 2011
- See Lowy Institute - Michael Wesley's talk Australia's choices in 2011 on video http://lowyinstitute.org/ or on pdf. The fate of the West. The shape of Asia. The choices facing Australia. Need for new self vision for Australia-China-USA-world versus backward looking little England.
- Cultural visit strikes a chord 27 Oct 10 by Rowena Smith re Park Ridge Immersion Program
- Sally Hodgetts, Level 3, has posted a nice article with pictures about her experiences entitled ‘Lombok in-country Indonesian language program 2011 ’ under ‘Latest news’ in CDU’s webpage for its Indonesia and Timor Leste activities. Dr Richard Curtis, Lecturer in Indonesian, Charles Darwin University
- USC alumnus Dave Gilbert AGC-AusGroups General Manager - Eastern Australia and South East Asia. "Languages are so important if you
want to do business internationally,
especially Indonesian and Mandarin."
- Monash Asia Institute/Centre of Southeast Asian Studies
2011 Seminar Series
Schedule: Semester 1, 2011
- The Study of Indonesian Is the Topic du Jour by Angela Dewan The Australian
March 2, 2011
- Ambassador farewells Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program Participants 2010-11
- Closing the Gap - recent art from Yogya to Melbourne (featured on ABC TV 6-03-2011)
Closing the Gap, Opening Your Mind posted by Namila Benson 2 March, 2011 16:22:53 at ABC Arts, promotes "Closing The Gap" exhibition of contemporary Indonesian art. Flash-based interactive catalogue at MIFA website. Scroll down the page, click on image after CLOSING THE GAP CATALOGUE and ... play and enjoy.
- Calls for Stronger Indo-Australian Ties from Mahendra Siregar, Indonesia’s vice minister of trade. By Francezka Nangoy, Jakarta Globe, 8-03-11
- Sleeping giant on our doorstep 'Foreign direct investment flows [with Indonesia] are embarrassingly low. Teaching of Indonesia language in Australia schools has languished'.
'This neglect is partly because Australia and Indonesia are resource rich and so are sometimes in direct competition, as in steaming coal exports. Unlike China, Indonesia does not depend on Australian iron ore and coal. But, as the story changes, Australia needs to reassess and the Indonesians are keen'.
- Invisible Indonesia
Eureka Street Vol 21 No 5
Ruby J. Murray 15-03-2011. Australia seems to have forgotten that Indonesia exists, and that there's more to it than Bali, Balibo, Bintangs, and bombings. We forget Indonesia at our own political and economic peril, not to mention at great loss to our culture. Ruby. J. Murray in Eureka Street Invisible Indonesia
- Indonesian Ambassador praises USC 21 April 2011
- Up Close (Uni Melbourne) has just published an interview with Dr Kate McGregor on the September 30, 1965 movement
- Blog of I Made Sujana Secretary of Pusat Bahasa FKIP Universitas Mataram
Oldies but goodies
- 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 http://darmasiswa.depdiknas.org/. It's a once-in-a-lifetime and life-changing experience!
- AsiaCALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)
Completely new worlds An inspiring testimonial from a languages student
Mother Tongue or Father’s Tongue, Just Pass It On Amalia Ridwan, FECCA
Return to the RAMBU WACANA - signpost to Indonesia-related links
Relevant reading in past issues for students, teachers, scholars, lobbyists, citizens,.
Issue 60, Issue 59, Issue 58, Issue 57, Issue 56, Issue 55, Issue 54, 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
ASILE 2012 will be held at UKSW in Salatiga
2010: June 2010 flyer
Maju Bersama - Lanjutkan!
Collaboration and Other Learning Initiatives
Venue: UNSW@ADFA, Campbell, ACT
Dates: 29-30 September 2010 (followed by FREE Indonesia Update @ANU 1-2 October)
Registration: $225, early bird $200
Further info & registration form at ASILE's new home at wikispaces ASILE 2009 Homepage
ASILE 2009 archive (slideshare)
also D Reeve's on methodology
ASILE 2007 Conference Proceedings
from the Sunshine Coast