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?
van Klinken, G. 2014, Cosmopolitan Indonesia, Inside Indonesia, viewed 9 January 2014, http://www.insideindonesia.org/current-edition/cosmopolitan-indonesia
Balidiscovery.com Breaks Down Key Points of Island’s Non-Smoking Rules – A Must Read for Hotel, Restaurant, Bar and Shop Operators.
On January 1, 2014, the Province of Bali formally promulgated its new law on smoke-free zones (Peraturan Daerah Bali Nomor 10 Tahun 2011 Tentang Kawasan Tanpa Rokok).
The new law provides for penalties of 3 months detention or fines of Rp. 50,000 for those guilty of smoking in prohibited places and managers of venues that allow such activity.
Balidiscovery.com. 2014, No Smoking in Public: That’s The Law in Bali, Bali discovery tours, viewed 9 January 2014, http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=10239
Who will be the first to correctly translate this sentence to English in a comment?
Banyak anak suka sekali berkuda.
The phrases below have already been solved and mean; Where do you want to go? I want to go to the shop.
Kamu mau ke mana?
Aku mau ke toko.
A French drug smuggler has been freed on parole after more than 14 years in an Indonesian prison, a rare early release of a foreigner that raises hopes for Australian inmate Schapelle Corby.
Michael Blanc was arrested the day after Christmas in 1999 at the airport on the resort island of Bali with 3.8 kilograms of hash hidden in diving canisters.
The 40-year-old, who has always maintained his innocence, was originally given a life sentence under Indonesia’s tough anti-drugs laws, which provoked outrage in his native France.
SkyNews.com.au. 2014, Schapelle Corby’s freedom hopes lifted, SkyNews.com.au, viewed 21 January 2014, http://www.skynews.com.au/world/article.aspx?id=943597
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.
Rimmer, M 2013, Catch of the day, Inside Indonesia, viewed 18 January 2014, http://www.insideindonesia.org/current-edition/catch-of-the-day