Cosmopolitanism is a magnificent ideal for a world torn by divisions and it exists in Indonesia in some surprising places. But how deep does and can it go?
‘Outside Indonesia’ – that could be the title of this edition. Cosmopolitanism is the idea that human beings belong to a single community and share a common morality. Its attractiveness grows when chauvinistic nationalism or traditional religion is at its most damaging. But an ideal is one thing, reality another. As for ‘actually existing socialism’, we might ask: what does ‘actually existing cosmopolitanism’ look like? This edition of Inside Indonesia aims to find out.
Readers of Inside Indonesia might be forgiven for thinking there are no cosmopolitans in Indonesia. Not just because we often write about the most un-cosmopolitan Indonesians – such as Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) thugs attacking non-Sunni Muslims or human rights activists. But also because we have often portrayed ‘real’ Indonesians as being ‘inside’ Indonesia, living out their unique culture. Rarely have we highlighted Indonesians who travel and learn – transnational activists; wealthy Indonesian entrepreneurs living in Los Angeles; cruise ship crewmembers; or even villagers who watch foreign TV.
Besides celebrating surprisingly cosmopolitan Indonesians, this edition also asks some uncomfortable questions. Isn’t cosmopolitanism just another word for globalisation and westernisation? Aren’t cosmopolitans simply members of a globalised upper-class, out of touch with their less fortunate fellows tied to a workshop and a piece of dirt? What does ‘solidarity’ mean to the cosmopolitan? Is it even possible for an artist to be both Indonesian and cosmopolitan?
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The 2013/2014 Indonesia Super League (ISL) will officially kick off on February 1, after PT Liga Indonesia, the organizer of the countrys prestigious football club competition, released schedules on Friday.
A total of 22 football clubs will participate in the 2013/2014 ISL. They will be divided into western group and eastern group.
Flooding has forced thousands to evacuate Indonesia’s capital city once again, as monsoon rains wreaked havoc on Jakarta over the weekend.
Floodwaters have reached three metres in some districts, forcing the government to deploy soldiers to help nearly 50,000 residents in the sprawling city of 10 million people, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
At least 30,000 people are currently taking refuge at temporary shelters, schools or mosques.
Even a cursory glance at a map of Indonesia will show the importance of its marine resources: an archipelagic nation stretching more than 5,000 kilometres (in the words of a popular song ‘from Sabang to Merauke’) and comprising over 17,000 islands. Fish is an important protein source with consumption around 32 kilograms per person per year, compared with a global average of 19 kilograms.