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Take part in a survey on Indonesian soft power

Sydney University student, Renita Moniaga, is working on a PhD thesis about Indonesia’s Soft Power. For those interested in this topic, Renita is looking for respondents to answer her anonymous online survey, which can be completed here: The data collected in this survey will be incorporated into her PhD thesis entitled “Re-branding Indonesia: Political Elites and Indonesia’s Soft Power”. This thesis is about the role of political elites in constructing the country’s foreign policy and the perceptions of people regarding Indonesia’s soft power.

AIYEP’s Hottest 10 Tracks for Australia Day in West Kalimantan

The Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) was founded in 1981 and operates as an agreement between the Indonesian and Australian governments. This year the Indonesian village phase was held in Lumbang and the city stage in Pontianak, both in West Kalimantan. Here the AIYEPers have compiled a list of some of their favourite tunes for Australia Day.

Petukaran Pemuda Indonesia-Australia (PPIA) didirikan pada tahun 1981 berdasarkan persetujan antara pemerintah Indonesia dan Australia. Tahun ini fase Indonesia diadakan di desa Lumbang dan fase kota di Pontianak dan kedua, di Kalimantan Barat. Di sini para peserta AIYEP telah membuat sebuah daftar-daftar lagu favorit mereka untuk Australia Day.

AIYEP participants singing on stage in Lumbang. Photo: Jannatul Firdaus.
                      AIYEP participants singing on stage in Lumbang. Photo: Jannatul Firdaus Haska.

It has become something of a cultural tradition for young people around Australia to chill out and tune in to Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown on Australia Day. To reflect this tradition AIYEP has come up with our own Top 10 from our time in West Kalimantan. These are the tunes that have had us grooving from the village of Lumbang to the city of Pontianak. Enjoy!

Sudah menjadi budaya untuk pemuda-pemuda Australia untuk santai dan mendengarkan 100 lagu-lagu terhits di Radio Triple J saat Australia Day. Untuk menghargai tradisi ini, AIYEP mempunyai 10 lagu terhits dari pengalaman pribadi peserta di Kalimantan Barat. Inilah lagu-lagu yang lagi digandrungi banget di Desa Lumbang sampai Kota Pontianak. Selamat menikmati!

1. Kopi Pancong – Lagu tradisional Pontianak

It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, a half-cup of coffee in Pontianak will set you right. Who cares what anybody thinks, you just do you.

Tidak jadi persoalan kamu kaya ataupun miskin, kopi setengah gelas di Pontianak cocok untuk semua. Kenapa harus pusing memikirkan orang berkata apa? Lakukan yang kamu inginkan saja!

2. Alo’ Galing – Lagu Tradisional Sambas

A traditional Melayu song about harvesting rice, this banger will quickly become a theme song for your life if you give it a chance.

Ini adalah lagu tradisional Melayu tentang memanen padi. Kalau kamu mendengarkannya sekali aja, pasti akan langsung ketagihan, coba deh!

3. Down Under – Men At Work

Is it zombie, or zombies? Who knows, what we do know is that we come from the land down under and we can be proud of any song that explicitly mentions a vegemite sandwich.

Zombie nya satu atau banyak? Yah, siapa yang tahu, tapi yang pasti, kami datang dari bawah tanah dan kami bangga menyanyikan lagu apapun yang menyebutkan ‘Roti isi Vegemite’ didalam liriknya.

4. Hot Potato – The Wiggles

More popularly known as Kentang Panas and with a reference to pisang goreng, it’s an obvious choice for our Top 10.

Disini lagu itu lebih kenal dengan nama ‘Kentang Panas’, tapi ketika ‘Pisang Goreng’ ditambahkan di lirik, maka tidak bisa dipungkiri lagi jika lagu ini harus masuk dalam 10 peringkat lagu teratas kami.

5. Sambalado – Ayu Ting Ting 

What at first might seem like a simple ditty about a certain spicy side dish is, on deeper reflection, a beautiful metaphor for those in a relationship that swings from hot to cold on a whim.

Kamu kira lagu ini hanya tentang jenis sambal? Salah. Sambal ado bisa digunakan sebagai pengandaian akan hubungan percintaan, kadang enak, kadang bikin panas.

6. Run to Paradise – The Choirboys

This Australian hard rock classic will have you running to previously mentioned small village in Sambas (aka paradise).

Lagu Australia dengan klasifikasi ‘hard rock classic’ ini akan membuatmu langsung teringat dengan desa kecil di Sambas (alias surga).

7. Alon-alon (Sad sambas song) – Lagu tradisional Sambas

When Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On just isn’t sad enough for the occasion, try pairing it with this tearjerker to really get the waterworks running.

Ketika kamu fikir lagu Celine Dion yang berjudul My Heart Will Go On kurang sedih, coba deh kamu dengerin Alon-alon. Dijamin, orang-orang akan nangis banjir saat melepas kepergianmu!

8. Boom boom boom – Vengaboys

 If it’s good enough to get the Kepala Desa’s booty shaking, then it’s good enough for AIYEPs Top 10.

Kalau lagu ini cukup asik untuk membuat seorang Kepala Desa menari dengan heboh, maka lagu ini juga asik sebagai salah satu lagu dalam 10 peringkat lagu AIYEP teratas.

 9. Sakitnya tuh disini – Cita Citata

Whether you are broken hearted or just got dancing feet, Sakitnya tuh disini will lift you up and make you fly. Best enjoyed on repeat for hours or very, very early in the morning in a small Indonesian village in Sambas.

Mau kamu lagi patah hati atau memang sedang ingin berjoget, lagu Sakitnya tuh disini akan bikin suasana hati kamu membaik dan melayang saking senangnya. Lebih bagus lagi kalau didengerin berulang kali selama berjam-jam di pagi buta, di kota kecil bernama Sambas di Indonesia!

10. Hoops – The Reubens 

It may have won Triple J’s Hottest 100 2015, but it’s number 10 in AIYEP’s track list this year. I mean have you even heard Kopi Pancong? #kopipancongnumber1

Lagu ini mungkin menjadi pemenang dalam 100 tangga lagu teratas Triple J (Radio ternama Australia) pada tahun 2015, tapi dalam daftar kami, lagu ini harus berada di peringkat ke 10. Kenapa? Coba dengerin Kopi Pancong dulu ya!

AIYA Links: 29 January

A big year, with more to come—read AIYA National President Nicholas Mark’s message reviewing our activities in 2015 and plans for the future.

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AIYA President’s Message: 2015 in Review

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Dear AIYA members, followers and friends,

Selamat tahun baru dan selamat Hari Australia! Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support of AIYA throughout 2015. This letter provides an update on some of AIYA’s achievements over the past year.

Amongst the ups and downs of the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship in 2015, AIYA continued to strive towards strengthening people-to-people links between young Australians and Indonesians via our various events and initiatives. 2015 saw a ‘new guard’ of executives move into roles within the AIYA Executive Committee, and we are committed to continue to build and strengthen AIYA in 2016.

Notably, last year saw the 3rd annual Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY) take place in Darwin. Delegates gained increased exposure to the opportunities that exist in northern Australia, as well as to the fascinating history of the relationship between indigenous Australians and Indonesians. In addition, the incredible success of the inaugural National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) and the positive response from applicants and supporters are a testament to the passion for Bahasa Indonesia that exists within the organisational committee and amongst AIYA members. Bahasa Indonesia is the gateway through which Australians can obtain a deeper understanding of Indonesia, and we believe that NAILA goes a long way to promoting the value of those language skills.

AIYA now has a chapter-level presence in every state and territory of Australia as well as in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Nusa Tenggara Timur. I am now very proud to announce that over the coming weeks and months, our latest chapter will be launching in West Java! This represents our increased focus on expanding our reach and networks across new parts of Indonesia. Stay tuned for more details shortly.

We have also now rolled out an online membership portal, and our communications team in particular have done a fantastic job of curating diverse and relevant material for our readership on the AIYA blog and weekly AIYA links mail out (which you can sign up for here).

I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce AIYA’s esteemed Advisory Board. AIYA is mentored by the brightest minds on the Australia-Indonesia relationship, and we are very fortunate to be able to rely on their support and advice as we grow the organisation and develop new partnerships.

Throughout 2016, AIYA will continue to deliver on our aim to ‘inform, connect and inspire’ young people across Australia and Indonesia to engage in the bilateral relationship and to seek new and exciting opportunities in the Australia-Indonesia space. Our chapters will provide a range of social, cultural, education and career-oriented events, kicking off with AIYA WA’s hosting of the musicians from Jalanan in Fremantle as part of the Fringe World Festival. We will also be launching a new website, and our flagship initiatives will see a bigger and broader NAILA, as well as another fantastic Indonesia-bound CAUSINDY.

In light of the recent bombing incidents in Jakarta, AIYA has an increasingly important role to play in sharing the good news of Indonesia with Australians and to encourage increased cooperation and mutual understanding. The incredible resilience of the Indonesian people has shone through in the aftermath of the violent incidents, particularly with the prevalence of social media campaigns and action from civil society, as well as the positive response from President Joko Widodo.

If you have any questions about AIYA and our plans for 2016, please let me know via email at

Salam semangat,

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Nicholas Mark

President – AIYA National


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Embracing Diversity: The Beauty of Religious Pluralism

Indonesia is a country well known for its ability to embrace different religions. Clarissa Tanurahardja writes about the beauty of religious pluralism and why it is something to celebrate.

Borobudur Temple located in Central Java is the world's largest Buddhist temple and is also UNESCO World Heritage listed. Photo:
Borobudur Temple located in Central Java is the world’s largest Buddhist temple. Photo:

In Indonesia, the constitution ensures that each of its citizens has the freedom of worship, according to his or her own belief or religion. It recognises six religions: Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism.

Personally, I believe each religion is good and by learning each life lesson from different religions it makes me appreciate the diverse way of people in honoring God. I love Indonesia’s philosophy of “Unity in Diversity” (Bhinneka Tunggal Ika) and the beauty of pluralism that it teaches.

Although the majority of Indonesians are Muslims, we can see the influence of European and Dutch colonialism through the presence of Christianity in Indonesia, around 23 million people are Christians.

Growing up as Catholic in Indonesia, I love the principles of Christmas spirit to share happiness through caring with others as your own family, and I believe in saying that Pope Francis said, “Choose the ‘more humble’ purchase . Certainly, possessions, money, and power can give a momentary thrill, the illusion of being happy, but they end up possessing us and making us always want to have more, never satisfied. ‘Put on Christ’ in your life, place your trust in him, and you will never be disappointed.”

Santo Josep Cathedral located in South Pontianak is the largest Catholic Church in Indonesia. Photo: Tim Flicker
Santo Josef Cathedral located in South Pontianak is the largest Catholic Church in Indonesia. Photo: Tim Flicker

After the fall of Suharto, Indonesia’s second President, between 1998 and 2004, Indonesia encountered numerous incidents of violence, which were labeled as “religious conflicts”. Despite that, these conflicts couldn’t be categorised as religious only because the impact of Suharto’s fall in New Order era had caused strong competition for social, political, and economic power within the region and also amongst group that share same religion. However, nowadays in Indonesia, most Muslims and Christians in Indonesia live in social harmony.

Besides Islam and Christianity, Hinduism is the third largest religion in Indonesia, which is comprised of four million people. The majority of the Indonesia’s Hindu society resides on the island of Bali.

Another important religion in Indonesia is Buddhism, which is the second oldest religion in Indonesia, which arrived in the 6th century during the period of trading on the silk road amongst Indonesia and India. The Borobudur temple, which is the largest and the oldest Buddhist temple in the world is located in Central Java and categorised as UNESCO World Heritage site.

In conclusion, Indonesia has evolved and moving positively towards religious pluralism, despite many challenges in the past. As Mr. Joko Widodo said in his speech during Christmas celebration in 2015, “Christmas reminds us to bring fundamental changes in living as Indonesian society. We need Indonesian citizens who are independent, dedicated in implementing the good values of religions, having good manners, and having high level of tolerance and open-mindedness between one another.”

Australia Indonesia Awards Finalists Announced

Australia Indonesia Association (AIA) has initiated a national program of annual awards to recognise and honour Australians and Indonesians who have made significant contributions to the greater understanding and friendship between Indonesians and Australians. 

We are excited to announce that under the Business category, Bede Moore, the co-founder of CAUSINDY (Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth) is a deserving finalist. CAUSINDY has now been running for three years, and during that period Bede has raised more than $250k in funding to enable 90 young leaders to travel to Canberra (2013), Jakarta (2014) and Darwin (2015) to engage with senior leaders and discuss key issues in the relationship.

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BedeBede has also co-founded Lazada Indonesia, which is now the largest eCommerce company in the country. With his wife he has since founded their own company, Paraplou Group. Bede and Susie have managed to boot-strap a successful start-up, build a team of 60 people, raise $1.7m in one of the biggest tech deals in Indonesia last year.

Semoga sukses, Bede!

We will find out who the winners are at the Awards Presentation Night on 12 March 2016.

See the full list of finalists and more about the Australia Indonesia Awards here:

Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) 2016 Submissions NOW OPEN

Indonesian Film Festival

Interested in Indonesian culture? Interested in expressing your ideas through a movie? Do you have a passion to participate in the filmmaking industry? Calling all short filmmakers — Indonesian Film Festival’s Short Film Competition is back in 2016 to open up opportunities for every film enthusiast!

This Short Film Competition aims to promote Indonesian culture by inviting filmmakers across the world, regardless of your experience in creating short film related to Indonesia. Three short independent films will be selected to be screened during the festival.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Unlabelled“, where you can make a short film that challenge different stereotypes that exist in the society!

Eligibility criteria includes:

  • A member of the main production staff (Director, Producer, or Actor) must be Indonesian
  • The film incorporates Indonesian language or culture
  • Must contain Indonesian dialogue or narration
  • English subtitles must be included in the film
  • Running time maximum 20 minutes, including title and credits

Please click here for T&C’s and more information.

With the entry submissions free of charge – what are you waiting for?

To submit your film, please follow the instructions as addressed in the Registration Form.

Get in quick! Submissions close on 20th February, 2016. 

For enquiries, please send an email to the organising team at

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