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Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #21: Parties In The Periphery: Organizational Dilemmas In Indonesia's Kepri ProvinceTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #21: Parties In The Periphery: Organizational Dilemmas In Indonesia's Kepri Province by Fionna, Ulla

Political parties in Indonesia's Kepri (Kepulauan Riau, or Riau Islands) Province suffer from low organizational capacity. The set-up of their branch offices is barely adequate, with cadres and volunteers acting as the main administrators, while activities, funding and recruitment remain erratic, insufficient and disorganized. Electoral trends and the parties lack of organizational capacity have allowed for local figures to exercise greater influence, particularly during elections. In contrast, the parties themselves take a back seat during elections while their ground teams take charge. The parties' organizational incapacity in Kepri Province also translates into failure at the local level, and not much change can be expected in the near future.

Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis To ConfidenceResurgent Indonesia: From Crisis To Confidence by Shastry, Vasuki

In 1998, wracked by financial turmoil and political upheaval, Indonesia seemed like a country on the brink of collapse. Yet it has more than turned its fortunes around. This book is the gripping inside account of Indonesia's steep decline after the Asian financial crisis and its improbable recovery and rise in the ensuing two decades. Blending first-rate journalism with in-depth research, it charts the country's difficult journey from a failing state to a confident young democracy and a fast-growing economy.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #18: Harnessing The Potential Of The Indonesian DiasporaTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #18: Harnessing The Potential Of The Indonesian Diaspora by Setijadi, Charlotte

In recent years, the Indonesian government has increased efforts to harness the economic, political, and social potential of its diaspora. Current estimates put the number of overseas Indonesians at up to 8 million people worldwide. Members of the Indonesian diaspora are lobbying for legislative amendments, including dual citizenship, parliamentary representation, property ownership rights, and constitutional recognition. The Indonesian government needs to take the potential of its diaspora seriously in order to harness their enormous capital and skills contribution.

Robert Kuok: A MemoirRobert Kuok: A Memoir by Tanzer, Andrew, Robert Kuok

Robert Kuok is one of the most highly respected businessmen in Asia. In these memoirs, the 94-year-old Kuok tells the remarkable story of how, starting in British Colonial Malaya, he built a multi-industry, multinational business group. In reflecting back on 75 years of conducting business, he offers management insights, discusses strategies and lessons learned, and relates his principles, philosophy, and moral code. Kuok has lived through fascinating and often tumultuous times in Asia - from British colonialism to Japanese military occupation to post-colonial Southeast Asia and the dramatic rise of Asian economies, including, more recently, China. From his front-row seat and as an active participant, this keen, multi-cultural observer tells nearly a century of Asian history through his life and times. Readers interested in business, management, history, politics, culture and sociology will all enjoy Robert Kuok's unique and remarkable story.

Chinese Ways Of Being Muslim: Negotiating Ethnicity And Religiosity In IndonesiaChinese Ways Of Being Muslim: Negotiating Ethnicity And Religiosity In Indonesia by Hew Wai Weng

Many recent works on Muslim societies have pointed to the development of 'de-culturalization' and 'purification' of Islamic practices. Instead, by exploring architectural designs, preaching activities, cultural celebrations, social participations and everyday practices, this book describes and analyses the formation and contestation of Chinese Muslim cultural identities in today's Indonesia. Chinese Muslim leaders strategically promote their unique identities by rearticulating their histories and cultivating ties with Muslims in China. Yet, their intentional mixing of Chineseness and Islam does not reflect all aspects of the multilayered and multifaceted identities of ordinary Chinese Muslims - there is not a single 'Chinese way of being Muslim' in Indonesia. Moreover, the assertion of Chinese identity and Islamic religiosity does not necessarily imply racial segregation and religious exclusion, but can act against them.

Killing Season, The: A History Of The Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66Killing Season, The: A History Of The Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66 by Robinson, Geoffrey B.

This book explores one of the largest and swiftest, yet least examined, instances of mass killing and incarceration in the twentieth century-the shocking antileftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965-66, leaving some five hundred thousand people dead and more than a million others in detention. An expert in modern Indonesian history, genocide, and human rights, Geoffrey Robinson sets out to account for this violence and to end the troubling silence surrounding it. Challenging conventional narratives of the mass violence of 1965-66 as arising spontaneously from religious and social conflicts, Robinson argues convincingly that it was instead the product of a deliberate campaign, led by the Indonesian Army. He also details the critical role played by the United States, Britain, and other major powers in facilitating mass murder and incarceration. Robinson concludes by probing the disturbing long-term consequences of the violence for millions of survivors and Indonesian society as a whole. Based on a rich body of primary and secondary sources, The Killing Season is the definitive account of a pivotal period in Indonesian history. It also makes a powerful contribution to wider debates about the dynamics and legacies of mass killing, incarceration, and genocide.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #15: The Growing Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #15: The Growing "Strategic Partnership" Between Indonesia And China Faces Difficult Challenges by Suryadinata, Leo

Jakarta-Beijing relations have experienced significant progress, especially since the Yudhoyono presidency. Economic links between the two countries have expanded rapidly and tourism and cultural exchanges have also shown improvements. Issues that may affect Indonesia-China relations negatively in the future include: mainland Chinese workers in joint projects; the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Natuna Islands; the rise of pribumi-ism in Indonesia; domestic anti-Chinese sentiments; and changes in China's policy on Chinese overseas.

Resilience And The Localisation Of Trauma In Aceh, IndonesiaResilience And The Localisation Of Trauma In Aceh, Indonesia by Smith, Catherine

Aceh is a region that is no stranger to violent conflict and tragedy. In this book, Catherine Smith examines the global reach of the contested, yet compelling, concept of trauma. She explores how what is considered "trauma" has expanded well beyond the bounds of therapeutic practice to become a powerful cultural idiom shaping the ways people understand the effects of violence and imagine possible responses to suffering. In Aceh, conflict survivors have incorporated the ideas of trauma into their local languages, healing practices, and political imaginaries. The appearance of this idiom of distress into the Acehnese medical-moral landscape provides an ethnographic perspective on suffering and recovery, and contributes to our contemporary debates about the international reach of psychiatry and the cultural consequences as it spreads beyond the domain of medicine.

Decoding IndonesiaDecoding Indonesia by Widjaja, Sendy

This book, richly illustrated with 168 paintings by Erica Hestu Wahyuni, is about the journey of Indonesia as a country. Using art philosophy, it considers the historical journey from the perspectives of sociology, psychology, arts and business. Trilingual in English, Bahasa Indonesia, and Chinese.

Rockefeller & The Demise Of Ibu PertiwiRockefeller & The Demise Of Ibu Pertiwi by Collison, Kerry B.

In 1961, and one month following the disappearance of Michael C. Rockefeller off the southern coast of what was then known as Dutch Western New Guinea, Indonesia invaded and annexed the territory and commenced the systematic slaughter of indigenous Papuans, to pave the way for a massive wave of transmigrated Javanese. With the meteoric rise of the new powerhouses, China and India, Indonesian-occupied West Papua's wealth of oil, gas and minerals precipitates an international power-play for control over the vast natural resources. Decades have passed since the twenty-three year old Rockefeller disappeared - long presumed dead, when sightings of the heir are widely reported. Demands for West Papuan independence gain momentum and Australia is again drawn into military conflict with the Indonesian Motherland, Ibu Pertiwi.

Birds Of Java, Sumatra And BaliBirds Of Java, Sumatra And Bali by Tilford, Tony

This text is a compact, easy-to-use bird identification guide suitable for any birdwatcher visiting the Indonesian islands of Java, Sumatra and Bali. The book features descriptions of 236 species, thumbnail silhouettes for ease of use, up-to-date tips and information on bird biology and behaviour.

Island Secrets: Stories Of Love, Lust And Loss From BaliIsland Secrets: Stories Of Love, Lust And Loss From Bali by Blum, Alwin

This is a collection of stories of lives fraught with scandal, conflict, heartache and despair. A western wife of a Balinese man enjoys a happy marriage and all the trappings of island wealth but the arrival of a man from home throws her life into turmoil as she surrenders to his seduction. A successful middle-aged ad exec leaves his family to become an artist; he lives an enviable life with a beautiful woman half his age but he soon finds himself weary of paradise. A recently divorced woman goes on a solo holiday and is irresistibly drawn to an attractive young man of dubious intentions.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #08: Rowing Against The Tide? Batam's Economic Fortunes In Today's IndonesiaTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #08: Rowing Against The Tide? Batam's Economic Fortunes In Today's Indonesia by Hutchinson, Francis E.

Despite its good infrastructure and proximity to Singapore, Batam's economic performance has taken a turn for the worse, with declining levels of foreign direct investment and exports. This volume examines the reasons for the decline and the recent measures taken, including reducing red tape, fighting corruption, and improving the islands' infrastructure.

Political And Legal Transformations Of An Indonesian Polity: The Nagari From Colonisation To DecentralisationPolitical And Legal Transformations Of An Indonesian Polity: The Nagari From Colonisation To Decentralisation by Von Benda-Beckmann, Franz

Political and Legal Transformations of an Indonesian Polity is a long-term study of the historical transformations of the Minangkabau polity of nagari, property relations and the ever-changing dynamic relationships between Minangkabau matrilineal adat law, Islamic law and state law. While the focus is on the period since the fall of President Suharto in 1998, the book charts a long history of political and legal transformations before and after Indonesia's independence, in which the continuities are as notable as the changes. It also throws light on the transnational processes through which legal and political ideas spread and acquire new meanings. The multi-temporal historical approach adopted is also relevant to the more general discussions of the relationship between anthropology and history, the creation of customary law, identity construction, and the anthropology of colonialism.

Islam And Democracy In Indonesia: Tolerance Without LiberalismIslam And Democracy In Indonesia: Tolerance Without Liberalism by Menchik, Jeremy

Indonesia's Islamic organizations sustain the country's thriving civil society, democracy, and reputation for tolerance amid diversity. Yet scholars poorly understand how these organizations envision the accommodation of religious difference. What does tolerance mean to the world's largest Islamic organizations? What are the implications for democracy in Indonesia and the broader Muslim world? Jeremy Menchik argues that answering these questions requires decoupling tolerance from liberalism and investigating the historical and political conditions that engender democratic values. Drawing on archival documents, ethnographic observation, comparative political theory, and an original survey, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia demonstrates that Indonesia's Muslim leaders favor a democracy in which individual rights and group-differentiated rights converge within a system of legal pluralism, a vision at odds with American-style secular government but common in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Islamic Populism In Indonesia And The Middle EastIslamic Populism In Indonesia And The Middle East by Hadiz, Vedi R.

In a novel approach to the field of Islamic politics, this provocative new study compares the evolution of Islamic populism in Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, to the Middle East. Utilising approaches from historical sociology and political economy, Vedi R. Hadiz argues that competing strands of Islamic politics can be understood as the product of contemporary struggles over power, material resources and the result of conflict across a variety of social and historical contexts. Drawing from detailed case studies across the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the book engages with broader theoretical questions about political change in the context of socio-economic transformations and presents an innovative, comparative framework to shed new light on the diverse trajectories of Islamic politics in the modern world.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In BatamTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In Batam by Norshahril Saat

The rise of Wahhabi-Salafi ideology in neighbouring Batam is causing concern in Singapore. There are worries that some Singapore Muslims are being radicalized by Batam's Islamic radio station Hang FM, which openly promotes Wahhabi-Salafi teachings. This article argues that Batam Muslims are non-violent traditionalists in their orientation, and key religious leaders from the state have come out against Wahhabi-Salafis anti-pluralist ideas.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #06: Old Stereotypes, New Convictions: Pribumi Perceptions Of Ethnic Chinese In Indonesia TodayTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #06: Old Stereotypes, New Convictions: Pribumi Perceptions Of Ethnic Chinese In Indonesia Today by Herlijanto, Johanes

Despite improvements in the position of ethnic Chinese in the reformasi era, critical and negative perceptions of them persist among prominent pribumi personalities, particularly in recent years. At the same time, there are others, including politicians affiliated with pro-government political parties, high-ranking officials, leaders of NGOs sympathetic to President Jokowi, as well as advocates of multiculturalism (many of whom are scholars and Muslim leaders), who believe that Chinese Indonesians are first and foremost Indonesians. The evidence they cite to support this belief varies, from past heroic actions by ethnic Chinese to the identity constructs of Chinese Indonesians, which is usually based on Indonesia or some Indonesian region.

Toraja: Misadventures Of An Anthropologist In Sulawesi, IndonesiaToraja: Misadventures Of An Anthropologist In Sulawesi, Indonesia by Barley, Nigel

In 1985, Dr. Nigel Barley, senior anthropologist at The British Museum, set off for the relatively unknown Indonesian island of Sulawesi in search of the Toraja, a people whose culture includes headhunting, transvestite priests and the massacre of buffalo. In witty and finely crafted prose, Barley offers fascinating insight into the people of Sulawesi and he recounts the tale of the four Torajan woodcarvers he invites back to London to construct an Indonesian rice barn in The British Museum.

Naturalist's Guide To The Reptiles And Amphibians Of BaliNaturalist's Guide To The Reptiles And Amphibians Of Bali by Ruchira Somaweera

This easy-to-use identification guide to the 89 reptile and amphibian species of Bali is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High-quality photographs from the region's top nature photographers, are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits, occurrence and whether they are dangerous. The user-friendly introduction covers conservation, how to deal with snake bites, identification of body parts and a glossary. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the reptiles of Bali encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific names.