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      Indonesian literature in French! Last November, Lontar in collaboration with Jentayu Editions published in France an anthology of works written by 20 Indonesian writers and translated by 13 translators.  Next year, the book will be published in Indonesia for the Francophile community in Indonesia. Merci beaucoup! Writers novel & essay: A.S. Laksana, Avianti
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Unlike international Mothers Day, which falls on the second Sunday of May, Indonesia celebrates its own “Hari Ibu” on December 22. While both occasions celebrate mothers and motherhood everywhere, Indonesia’s Mothers Day has its origins in 1938, when the first Indonesian Women’s Congress was held in Yogyakarta. The meeting was a precursor to the revolutionary movement,
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In Jakarta, when Idul Fitri comes around, most of the friends my age, who are (or were raised Muslim), speak wistfully about traditions surrounding that holiday—mudik, for instance, when most every Muslim who was not born in Jakarta returns to his birthplace, causing massive traffic jams on the roads of Java; takbiran, the night before
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When a country must fight to gain its independence, heroes are made. Thus, in Indonesia, November 10 is commemorated as National Heroes’ Day in recognition of the brave men and women who joined the struggle against the Dutch colonial government. The date refers to the Battle of Surabaya in 1945 when, less than three months
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NAILA  2018 Lontar supported the NAILA (National Australia Indonesia Language) Awards 2018, an annual competition that fosters and rewards the learning of Indonesian at all levels in Australia. Books published by Lontar were awarded to the winners of the competition, one of them being Iven Manning, a former intern at Lontar. Congratulations, Iven. We are proud
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Andries “Hans” Teeuw was born in the Netherlands in 1921 and came to study in Indonesia in 1947. With the country in chaos and the Dutch military trying to forcibly regain the “East Indies” as a colony, I have no idea why any sane young man would have willingly come to Yogyakarta to study but
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