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For Indonesians, Kartini Day is arguably a more worthy cause to celebrate women’s emancipation than other similar commemorations. On April 21, we celebrate the birth of the 19th century Javanese princess who opened the door for women to be educated and thus progress in society. This year, it fell just four days after the simultaneous presidential
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The recent conflagration at and partial ruin of Notre Dame Cathedral reminded me of “confession” and the role that it has played in my life. I will come back to Notre Dame later but after I received my First Communion in 1958, most every late Saturday afternoon would find me and my older sisters, each
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 In the current political frenzy, just weeks before Indonesia’s simultaneous presidential and legislative elections, World Poetry Day on March 21 came and went with little fanfare.  Yet Indonesian poetry, with its pantun and puisi (or syair and sajak), has withstood the test of time. Poems are the earliest manifestation of literary work in the Malay/Indonesian archipelago and, for more than a
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Asia Literary Review Recently, Lontar worked with the Asia Literary Review to compile a collection of Indonesian short stories for publication in time for the 2019 London Book Fair. All stories in the issue were penned within the past twenty years, since the fall of President Soeharto. The result is a collection that openly challenges
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My grandmother of my father’s side, Mildred McGlynn, was a school teacher by training but after her marriage to my grandfather, John Alexander McGlynn, she spent the rest of her married life on the farm. Nonetheless, she instilled a strong love of education in their five children and, after my grandfather’s death in 1954, returned
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Kudos to two Indonesian writers who recently won international awards. Eka Kurniawan, author of Beauty is a Wound and Man Tiger, was awarded the Prince Clause Prize for achievement in literature last December, and Intan Paramaditha, author of Spinner of Darkness & Other Tales as well as Apple and Knife (both published by Lontar), was
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