Panjebar Semangat, published in Surabaya, is the oldest Javanese-language magazine in Indonesia. Photo: Handout
Karim Raslan
Opinion

Opinion

Ceritalah by Karim Raslan

Indonesian stars Via Vallen and Didi Kempot are keeping Javanese alive in pop culture

  • Javanese isn’t the national language but it’s very much alive in music and in politics, with all seven Indonesian presidents, including the late Sulawesi-born BJ Habibie having Javanese heritage
  • Bahasa Indonesia became the national language to unite the country’s numerous ethnicities

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Panjebar Semangat, published in Surabaya, is the oldest Javanese-language magazine in Indonesia. Photo: Handout
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Indonesian leader Sukarno with China’s Mao Zedong in 1956. File photo

The Chinese who fled Sukarno’s Indonesia to build a new Bali under Mao

  • A presidential decree 60 years ago sparked an exodus of Chinese from the newly independent country
  • Tens of thousands were shipped to Mao-era China, where despite hardships they felt finally at home
Topic |   Chinese overseas

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Indonesian leader Sukarno with China’s Mao Zedong in 1956. File photo
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