A foreigner is swarmed by school children at Indonesia’s Borobudur temple. Photo: Resty Woro Yuniar
A foreigner is swarmed by school children at Indonesia’s Borobudur temple. Photo: Resty Woro Yuniar
Indonesia

‘They’re just like us’: Indonesia’s white-skin obsession in the spotlight as Jokowi calls for end to ‘inlander mentality’

  • More than three centuries of Dutch colonisation has left Indonesians with an internalised attitude of ethnic inferiority and low self-esteem, President Joko Widodo said recently
  • Other former colonies in Asia share the same inferiority complex, according to observers – but there is way to cast off the postcolonial mental shackles

Topic |   Indonesia
A foreigner is swarmed by school children at Indonesia’s Borobudur temple. Photo: Resty Woro Yuniar
A foreigner is swarmed by school children at Indonesia’s Borobudur temple. Photo: Resty Woro Yuniar
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