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August 31 A focus study group for writers and translators organized the Satu Pena Assocation. (Left-Right) Mieke Soesanto, Ade Irasenjaya, Nasir Tamara, Monika (Head of Yogyakarta Library)                 September 10   Lontar supported LitBeat, part of the LiterAction Festival for book industry players in Indonesia. The event was
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Lost among a long list of Indonesian national days to be commemorated but not necessarily officially celebrated, is “Happy Reading and Visit a Library Day,” which falls on September 14.  First made formal in 1995 by the late President Soeharto, the chosen date was intended to raise people’s interest in visiting libraries.  And though the
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As a person who has spent most of my adult life working to promote the translation of Indonesian literature into English, I am often preoccupied with thoughts about translation and the role that it has played in the development of nations, in particular, Indonesia. And as Indonesia has begun to make itself better known throughout
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In Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia, much of August has been filled with activities linked to the 18th Asian Games (also known as Asiad) which are now taking place in Jakarta and Palembang. Never have the two cities looked so spic and span, festooned with flags of participating nations, the main streets cleared of knotty traffic jams and unseemly
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The small town of Cazenovia, Wisconsin, where I was raised—population 318 according to the 2010 census—is more than a hop, skip, and jump away from the megacity of Jakarta—population of 30 million plus in the metropolitan area—where I have spent most of my adult life, but every year, if possible, and usually in the month
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No other episode in the history of modern Indonesia evokes so much sentiment as the annual commemoration of Independence Day on August 17. That was the day in 1945 when the nation’s founders declared our freedom from 300 years of Dutch colonial rule. However, it took four more years before the new republic of Indonesia achieved de jure recognition by the
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