Yesterday I listened to an interview with Dr Jane Orton, the director of Melbourne University's Chinese Teacher Training Centre. She made two critical and obvious points. First, education is a state matter and as a nation we would benefit from a national languages curriculum. Secondly, she explained that the top results in studies of Chinese … Continue reading What do we do about the decline of Bahasa #Indonesia in #Australia?
With the emergence of the concept of a Nation State the world moved beyond tribe and clan, entering a new era in which the notion of the state rested on largely imagined and unsustainable historical constructions. Now in Europe we are witnessing the gradual end to such naive notions but in island nations such as … Continue reading Drug resistant #tuberculosis confronting #Australia’s border security
In January, 2011, I began exploring some of the environmental challenges facing the people of Bali. Amongst these was the continuing and ubiquitous problem of the plastic, in particular the plastic bag in its various forms. Although Bali became my temporary home over an 18 year period, and I still travel widely throughout Indonesia, my … Continue reading #Bali and the plastic bag, a continuing issue
Travelling in Indonesia throughout January afforded ample time for building up a current Flickr feed from the places I was visiting. To view my latest feed simple click on the link.
Several days ago I was impressed by the sheer magnitude of the Grand Indonesia Shopping Town. It could certainly be described as a small town given it's extent and it's complexity of functions and services. The base line is that there's a vast number and variety of shops with a mind-boggling volume of goods. An … Continue reading #Smoking rates in #Indonesia increasing: advertising largely unrestricted.
May 2010 saw the completion of a census in Indonesia. The results show cause for concern because they indicate a marked jump in the population. Based on the census data Indonesia's population was 237.6 million. This is 3.5 million more than previously forecast and represents a significant demographic spike. At this rate there are about … Continue reading Indonesia’s Unexpected Population Spike: Keluarga Berencana di mana
Arriving in Indonesia again wasn't as I'd expected. For starters, my luggage was brimming with religious artifacts of various sorts. More by accident than design, several circumstances had arisen that might have led a customs officer to assume I wasn't a holiday maker but some sort of religious peddler. An old Indonesian friend, a Roman … Continue reading #Indonesia: unexpected journeys of an accidental religious peddler
Now the election campaign has passed I'm still reflecting on why there was so little mention of Foreign Affairs. Quite extraordinary really, considering what's going on the in the world. Tension is still high in the Koreas; Iran moves further ahead in its nuclear development; Israel and the Palestinians are resuming talks, in the USA; … Continue reading #Indonesia and #Australia: perceptions of border security from the land that’s girt by sea
In January I was moved to write several pieces while travelling through Nusantara, or the Republic of Indonesia as it's now called. Indeed, it's hard to say whether the term Nusantara was ever used throughout the entire string of islands now comprising the nation state of Indonesia. Like all countries, the notion of Indonesia is … Continue reading #Indonesia and Addressing Asia Literacy in #Australia
The Ubud Experience Ubud Writers' Feastival is for many the comtemporarty face of Ubud. In successfully nurturing this event from infancy to it's present global standing Janet De Neefe has added another layer to way Ubud is understood. In former times Ubud was known as a special place set on a broad ridge above the … Continue reading The #Ubud Experience: Returning to the #Village after 8 Years