AIYA Links: 4 August

In the news

  • Mount Sinabung in north Sumarta erupted on Wednesday, sending clouds of ash and hot smoke 4km high.
  • In the New York Times, read about the fishermen from the small whaling village of Lamalera, in eastern Indonesia, that have been hunting whales for centuries and continue to do so with permission from the Indonesian government. But conservationists are calling for a stricter regulation of this practice.
  • ‘Instagram is driving Indonesia’s wedding wars to dizzying heights.’ Gain an insight to weddings in modern Indonesia in Vice.
  • Facebook will open an office in Jakarta this month, as part of the requirements for its operation in Indonesia.
  • Meet Indonesia’s nudist community (bahasa Indonesia).

On the blog

  • To celebrate the 72nd Independence Day of Indonesia in August, the PPIA Victoria has organised a comedy musical drama called Temu Lawak (Teater Muda Langkah Awal Kemerdekaan). We chat to Kevin Joshua, the project manager of Temu Lawak 2017.
  • This weekend the Indonesia Garudas are heading to Melbourne to join the AFL International Cup from August 5-19 2017.

Events

Opportunities

  • Do you use dwibahasa on social media? An AIYA Masters student is looking for participants in a study investigating language behaviours of using Indonesian and English on social media. Take part in the survey today.
  • Volunteer apps are now open for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017 (UWRF17).

Apply for NAILA

Apply today for NAILA 2017 – applications have been extended until 1 September for a wide range of categories, including the new categories of a Junior Executive Award, Senior Executive Award, and the Teacher’s Award.

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AIYA Links: 28 July

In the news

On the blog

Events

Opportunities

  • NTA East Indonesia Aid Marketing and Membership Committee has a number of volunteer roles available those with an interest in events, communications or fundraising.
  • Do you use dwibahasa on social media? An AIYA Masters student is looking for participants in a study investigating language behaviours of using Indonesian and English on social media. Take part in the survey today.

Apply for NAILA

Apply today for NAILA 2017 – applications have been extended until 1 September for a wide range of categories, including the new categories of a Junior Executive Award, Senior Executive Award, and the Teacher’s Award.

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AIYA Links: 21 July

In the news

  • Hardline group Hizbut Tahrir (HTI) has had its legal status in Indonesia revoked.
  • ‘The government’s actions have proven controversial and there are strong grounds for arguing that both decisions undermine Indonesian democracy and carry considerable political risk for Jokowi’ says Gregory Fealy of the ban and last week’s announcement to ban groups that undermine Pancasila.
  • A group of Australian cattle farmers is suing the Federal Government for $600 million in compensation after live exports to Indonesia were banned in June 2011.
  • Last week, Indonesian officials announced that they had renamed the waters at the far southern end of the South China Sea the ‘North Natuna Sea’. In the Lowy Interpreter, Aaron Connelly assesses the impact of this new name.
  • Setya Novanto, speaker of Indonesia’s House of Representatives, was named a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission.
  • Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson announced on Tuesday that Australia would be providing funding through the World Bank to help create ‘10 new Balis‘ in an initiative to boost tourism to Indonesia.
  • Follow the story of Indonesian maids in Hong Kong being radicalised and supporting IS.

On the blog

Events

Opportunities

 

  • Applications close TONIGHT to join us at AIYA! We are recruiting three new positions in the National Communications Team as well as a new Director of Communications. For more information and to apply check out the position description for the communications officers and Director of Communications.
  • NTA East Indonesia Aid Marketing and Membership Committee has a number of volunteer roles available those with an interest in events, communications or fundraising.
  • Do you use dwibahasa on social media? An AIYA Masters student is looking for participants in a study investigating language behaviours of using Indonesian and English on social media. To get more information check here or email skuj0004@flinders.edu.au.

Apply for NAILA

Apply today for NAILA 2017 – applications have been extended until 1 September for a wide range of categories, including the new categories of a Junior Executive Award, Senior Executive Award, and the Teacher’s Award.

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AIYA Links: 14 July

In the news

  • Jokowi has signed a regulation to ban mass organisations that do not support Indonesia’s national ideology of Pancasila.
  • In New Mandala Usman Hamid and Liam Gammon write that the regulation mounts ‘a serious attack on legal protections of freedom of association in Indonesia.’
  • In the Conversation, meet the Hijabers of Instagram, the ‘Muslim women challenging stereotypes.’
  • Rachmat Witoelar, who was Indonesia’s environmental minister from 2004 to 2009 and is currently the President’s special envoy for climate change, spoke to the ABC about the environmental challenges facing Indonesia.
  • In Bakasi, rising sea levels have forced people to leave their homes.
  • Read a review of “Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash”, Eka Kurniawan’s third novel.
  • Fairfax’s Jewel Topsfield sits down with Aaron Seeto, the Australian director of Museum MACAN – Indonesia’s first world-class museum dedicated to international modern and contemporary art. MACAN stands for the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara and will will open to the public in early November.

Events

  • Jakarta, 17 July – join the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club for a discussion of the opportunities – and pitfalls – of the digital revolution in Indonesia.
  • Sydney, 29 July – head down to Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville for the annual Indonesian Bazaar 2017.

Opportunities

 

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AIYA Links: 7 July

In the news

At the blog

  • We caught up with Marsha Santoso and Albert Tjahja, who founded the Indonesian Ideas Conference (ICON) while studying at UNSW, to talk about what they think lies ahead for Indonesia, and the role young people can play in shaping a better world.

Events

  • Melbourne, 12 July – practice your Indonesian and meet some great new people at AIYA Victoria’s Language Exchange.
  • Jakarta, 17 July – join the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club for a discussion of the opportunities – and pitfalls – of the digital revolution in Indonesia.
  • Sydney, 29 July – head down to Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville for the annual Indonesian Bazaar 2017.

Opportunities

 

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AIYA Links: 30 June

In the news

  • Former US President Obama and his family have been in Indonesia this past week. Tourism minister Arief Yahya says Obama’s visit will bring Indonesia as a tourist destination to the world’s attention.
  • In the AFR, columnist Brian Toohey argues that the ‘time in nigh’ for Australia to take Indonesia more seriously.

At the blog

Events

  • Melbourne, 30 June – Asia Society’s launch of the ‘Disruptive Asia‘ publication comes to Melbourne too.

Opportunities

  • Skills in social media, writing and graphic design? We want you at AIYA! We are recruiting three new positions in the National Communications Team. For more information and to apply check out the position description.
  • Based in South Australia? Become part of the next AIYA South Australia Chapter Executive
  • Do you use dwibahasa on social media? An AIYA Masters student is looking for participants in a study investigating language behaviours of using Indonesian and English on social media. To get more information check here or email skuj0004@flinders.edu.au.

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AIYA Links: 23 June

Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri, Mohon Maaf Lahir dan Batin. AIYA wishes all that celebrate a happy and safe Idul Fitri.

In the news

  • Nearly 30 million Indonesians are expected to travel over the Idul Fitri holiday.
  • A review of the 2003 anti-terror bill is currently before the Indonesian parliament. Under the new laws authorities could jail for up to 15 years citizens returning to Indonesia after joining militant groups abroad.
  • A joint parliamentary committee in Australia has concluded that more effort is needed to entice Australian business to Indonesia and portray it as a growing economic powerhouse.
  • Facebook has received an in-principle approval to set up a domestic unit in Indonesia.
  • Follow the story of saving and preserving recordings of gamelan from Bali, originally captured in 1928.

Apply for NAILA

Apply today for NAILA 2017 – applications open now for a wide range of categories, including the new categories of a Junior Executive Award, Senior Executive Award, and the Teacher’s Award.

Events

  • Sydney, 28 June – Join the Sydney launch of Asia Society’s ‘Disruptive Asia‘ publication.
  • Adelaide, 29 June – Grab a coffee, meet new people and practice your language skills at AIYA South Australia’s monthly language exchange.
  • Melbourne, 30 June – Asia Society’s launch of the ‘Disruptive Asia‘ publication comes to Melbourne too.

Opportunities

  • Join the NAILA committee! There are several available positions at the moment to become part of Australia’s largest Bahasa Indonesia language competition whilst developing your leadership and organisational skills.
  • Based in South Australia? Become part of the next AIYA South Australia Chapter Executive
  • Do you use dwibahasa on social media? An AIYA Masters student is looking for participants in a study investigating language behaviours of using Indonesian and English on social media. To get more information check here or email skuj0004@flinders.edu.au.

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AIYA Links: 16 June

Apply for NAILA 2017 – applications open now for a wide range of categories, including the new categories of a Junior Executive Award, Senior Executive Award, and the Teacher’s Award.

In the news

  • Former U.S. president Barack Obama will visit Indonesia at the end of this month. He is reported to give the keynote address at the fourth Indonesian Diaspora Congress and to meet with Jokowi.
  • Members of Nahdlatul Ulama are strongly advocating an end to intolerance and defending inclusive Islam.
  • Cervical cancer is the leading cause of death for Indonesian women. In Coconuts Jakarta, Kate Walton writes that the high fatality rate is tied to attitudes towards sex.

At the blog

  • Read the second-part of our series In Conversation with Desi Anwar. In Part Two Anwar reflects on how Indonesian’s and Australian’s perceive one another and opportunities for future engagement between our two countries. You can catch the first-part in the series article exploring Indonesia’s journalistic freedom and the transition to democracy here.

Events

  • Adelaide, 19 June – Come along to AIYA South Australia’s free film screening of ‘Aisyah, Biarkan Kami Bersaudara.
  • Perth, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, 19 – 23 June – AIBC  is hosting a special business breakfast event with Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Indonesia’s Minister of National Planning, around the country. AIYA Members get a special discount rate to these events – please contact your local chapter for the discount code.
  • Sydney, 28 June – Join the Sydney launch of Asia Society’s ‘Disruptive Asia‘ publication.
  • Adelaide, 29 June – Grab a coffee, meet new people and practice your language skills at AIYA South Australia’s monthly language exchange.
  • Melbourne, 30 June – Asia Society’s launch of the ‘Disruptive Asia‘ publication comes to Melbourne too.

Opportunities

  • Join the NAILA committee! There are several available positions at the moment to become part of Australia’s largest Bahasa Indonesia language competition whilst developing your leadership and organisational skills.
  • Based in South Australia? Become part of the next AIYA South Australia Chapter Executive!
  • Asia Society Australia is seeking interns with an interest in Asia and Australia-Asia relations to join them in Sydney.
  • The Australian Institute for International Affairs is now accepting applications for their Euan Crone Asian Awareness Scholarship. The scholarship grants up to $5,000 to deepen awareness of Asia among young Australians.
  • Do you use dwibahasa on social media? An AIYA Masters student is looking for participants in a study investigating language behaviours of using Indonesian and English on social media. To get more information check here or email skuj0004@flinders.edu.au.

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AIYA Links: 9 June

Apply for NAILA 2017 – applications open now for a wide range of categories, including the new categories of a Junior Executive Award, Senior Executive Award, and the Teacher’s Award.

In the news

  • In the Washington Post, Tom Pepinsky comments on diversity in Indonesia in the wake of the Jakarta elections and trial of Ahok.
  • At an UN oceans summit, delegates from China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines pledged they would work to keep plastics out of the seas.
  • Indonesia is set to expand its budget for infrastructure, with government proposals outlining an increase as much as 17%. This is part of a plan to attract more businesses to the country.
  • The Indonesian government is undertaking a process to catalogue all of the islands in the archipelago state with the UN.
  • What has ACICIS been up to this past year? Find out in their annual report.
  • In the latest Talking Indonesia podcast, Jemma Purdey and Devi Asmarani discuss the state of women’s activism in Indonesia.

At the blog

  • With a career spanning over two decades, Desi Anwar is a household name in Indonesia. She is a distinguished columnist, senior anchor, journalist and the host of Insight with Desi Anwar on CNN Indonesia. The AIYA team caught up with Desi at the Sydney Writers’ Festival to talk about her homeland.

Events

  • Melbourne, 14 June – Practice your language skills at AIYA Victoria’s Language Exchange.
  • Jakarta, 14 June – Join AIYA Jakarta for a Buka Puasa Bersama.
  • Adelaide, 19 June – Come along to AIYA South Australia’s free film screening of ‘Aisyah, Biarkan Kami Bersaudara.
  • Perth, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, 19 – 23 June – AIBC  is hosting a special business breakfast event with Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Indonesia’s Minister of National Planning, around the country. AIYA Members get a special discount rate to these events – please contact your local chapter for the discount code.
  • Sydney, 28 June – Join the Sydney launch of Asia Society’s ‘Disruptive Asia‘ publication.
  • Adelaide, 29 June – Grab a coffee, meet new people and practice your language skills at AIYA South Australia’s monthly language exchange.
  • Melbourne, 30 June – Asia Society’s launch of the ‘Disruptive Asia‘ publication comes to Melbourne too.

Opportunities

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AIYA Links: 2 June

In the news

  • Yesterday was Pancasila Day. Jokowi reaffirmed his commitment to diversity in a vlog Saya Indonesia Saya Pancasila.
  • How are ‘religious values’ currently playing out in Indonesia? In the Conversation, Daniel Peterson explores the cases of Ahok and shari’a law in Aceh.
  • ‘I think gender equality should be supported, because I feel I am still exploring my creativity, while at the same time, not diminishing my obligations as a Muslim woman.’ This is the view of Firdda Kurnia, 16, one of three members of a heavy metal band in Indonesia.
  • The Australian government says it will not be represented in a Jakarta court hearing a $103 million class action on behalf of 115 young people incarcerated in Australia for alleged people smuggling.
  • ‘Being in Indonesia, it is hard to ignore the importance of family, land and culture in society. When you meet someone, they ask where you are from. This is much the same as in Indigenous culture, so we can establish our relation with each other.’ Current ACICIS student in Indonesia, Horace Hill, talks about his time in Bandung.

At the blog

  • We sit down with Rob Henry, maker of the film ‘As World Divide.’ Nine years ago, Rob left Australia and traveled to the Mentawai Islands, 150 metres off the coast of West Sumatra, to live with an indigenous tribal community. Now, he has returned with a simple message: watch a film, save a culture.
  • ‘When a local Dayak leader started negotiations by laying his sword on the table between us, I decided it was time to leave.’ Career Champion Dr Jeffrey Neilson, researcher and senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, talks about his time in the bilateral relationship and advice to young people working in resources.

Events

  • Melbourne, 3 June – Share a meal and learn more about Ramadan with AIYA Victoria and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia’s Iftar dinner.
  • Melbourne, 6 June – Come along to AIYA Victoria’s weekly netball at RMIT A’Beckett.

Opportunities

  • Applications are now open for NAILA 2017! National Australia Indonesia Language Awards is an annual speech competition that rewards and fosters the development of Indonesian language learning in Australia at all levels. Primary school students through to executive level speakers apply by submitting a video of themselves speaking in Indonesian.
  • Want to get more involved? Check out their call for volunteers.

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