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Naming

It was a ship’s doctor who gave a name to Indonesia. In 1861, Adolf Bastian, from Bremen in Germany, was sailing in Southeast Asia. Later he wrote a few books. One of them became widely read:...

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Translation Funding Program

LitRI Translation Grant

LitRI is a program intended to foster the translation of Indonesian literature and other works about Indonesian culture into foreign languages. Run by the...

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A Country That Surprises

Indonesia is a country that surprises. In 1968 Benjamin Higgins called it a ‘chronic dropout’ and the ‘number one economic failure among the major underdeveloped countries’.  Who would blame him?...

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Indonesia on the Global Literary Stage

Indonesia is a puzzle. It is the world’s fourth largest nation and home to the greatest number of Muslims on the planet, yet much of the country’s history and contemporary politics is unknown to...

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