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Friday October 24th 2014

RSS Indonesian Current Events from Yahoo! News

  • In emerging Indonesia, Honda's Mobilio muscles in on Toyota's turf October 23, 2014
    By Dennys Kapa and Aradhana Aravindan JAKARTA/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Honda Motor's Mobilio, a spacious yet affordable multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), has nearly doubled its market share this year, triggering a price war with Toyota Motor in Indonesia, the latest battleground for global carmakers. Toyota and its Daihatsu Motor affiliate have long enjoyed a more than 50 […]
  • Indonesia key investment hub for Japan October 23, 2014
    JAKARTA - Indonesia has become an increasingly important investment hub for foreign companies, especially from Japan, although various issues in the fields of bureaucracy, legal uncertainty and corruption remain a major concern, an international investment consultancy has said. Kroll, the global leader in risk mitigation and response, said Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI), which ...
  • Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia's president October 22, 2014
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called by his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer.
  • Indonesia's new president is the world's most unlikely political story (+video) October 21, 2014
    The stunning rise of Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who took office Monday for a five-year term as Indonesia's new president.



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Words of Wisdom

Peace begins with a smile.
- Mother Teresa

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
- Dalai Lama

Strive always to excel in virtue and truth.
- Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)


International Research Centers and Departments

    I compiled a list of international research centers and departments that emphasize Asian Studies, Indonesian Studies, and/or Southeast Asian Studies. Please feel free to submit additional information or [Read More]

Travel & Living Abroad

Social Life in Jakarta & Beyond

What is there to do in Jakarta and elsewhere? Where can I go to be entertained, get fit, or make new friends? Read the following tips for answers to these questions, and please feel free to make corrections or add suggestions in the [Read More]

Film Lovers

For the film lovers out there, here are some resources to get you started for all things related to Indonesia and film.  Feel free to add suggestions in the comments box below. Thank you / terima kasih! Background for cinema in Indonesia: [Read More]

Candi & Pura (Temples) in Indonesia

Buddhism and Hinduism have had long histories in Indonesia.  In Bahasa Indonesia, “candi” refers to ancient Hindu and/or Buddhist temples.  The term can also be applied to non-religious structures dated from the same [Read More]

RSS Articles from BBC News – Asia Division

  • Bangladesh Islamist leader Azam dies October 23, 2014
    Ghulam Azam, the former leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party, dies from a heart attack a year after being found guilty of war crimes.
  • Deadly attacks hit Quetta city October 23, 2014
    The leader of one of Pakistan's biggest religious parties escapes as at least 13 people are killed in a spate of attacks in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
  • India's Modi visits Siachen glacier October 23, 2014
    Indian PM Narendra Modi marks the festival of Diwali with a brief visit to the Siachen glacier before inspecting recent flood damage in Indian-administered Kashmir.
  • The Kashmir bus that unites families October 23, 2014
    The Kashmir bus that unites divided families
  • Zuckerberg's Chinese gets mixed reviews October 23, 2014
    Mark Zuckerberg has conducted a chat to Chinese students in Mandarin, leading to mixed reviews about his accent and pronunciation.


Bahasa Indonesia – The National Language of Indonesia

Here are resources related to the history and contemporary uses of Bahasa Indonesia. If you have additional recommendations or corrections, please let us know in the comments section below. Thank you / terima kasih! Links from around the Web [Read More]

YouTube Highlights from Indonesia

On the importance of shoes

Here are some quick background notes for this YouTube highlight: Title – “A Unique Approach to Rehab in Indonesia: Junkie Shoes” Location – Bogor, Indonesia YouTube Description - Published on Dec 7, 2012 “We traveled to [Read More]

Indonesian Idol

Indonesian Idol is a televised singing competition. It is part of the Idol franchise started by Simon Fuller in the United Kingdom. Since its beginning in 2004, Indonesian Idol has been one of the most popular programs in the country. Indonesian [Read More]

Pencak Silat

Pencak silat is a form of martial arts from/in Indonesia.  More information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencak_Silat . The following video from YouTube was uploaded in 2007 and shows the Indonesian national pencak silat demoteam at [Read More]

RSS Articles on Indonesia from The New York Times

  • A Universal Story Told in Resin October 23, 2014
    The Indonesian painter Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo uses industrial production methods and the inclusion of elements like photographic images and volcanic dust within large resin panels.
  • Indonesian Leader in Global Spotlight October 21, 2014
    Joko Widodo, who was sworn in as president on Monday, comes into office with no foreign policy experience, but will now be sharing a stage with the world’s most powerful leaders.
  • New Leader Takes Oath of Office in Indonesia October 21, 2014
    Joko Widodo, who was born in a slum, is the first Indonesian president not to have emerged from the country’s political elite or to have been a general.
  • New at the Helm of Indonesia’s Government: A Common Man October 19, 2014
    Born in a slum in Central Java, Joko Widodo takes office as president of the world’s fourth most populous nation on Monday.
  • Behind Closed Doors, Abuse of Domestic Workers October 9, 2014
    Steve McCurry photographed women who left their villages with dreams of a better life. Instead, they found themselves physically abused while in virtual servitude in Asia and the Middle East.

Indonesian Proverbs (Wikiquote)

- Embarrassed to ask will result in getting lost.
- Meaning: Asking questions is the only way to learn.

- No matter how sharp a knife is, a tongue is sharper.
- Meaning: Be careful of what you say.

- Heaven is on the bottom of mother's foot.
- Meaning: A person who loves/cares about their mother is doing the best deed.
* This is also a reference to the saying of Prophet Mohammad of the same meaning.

- Whoever sows the wind reaps the storm.
- Meaning: Your actions all have consequences.