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    Indonesia: The Dollar Worshipers

    I am Indonesian. I had to go abroad urgently. Thinking myself a nationalist, I automatically logged into the website of the national carrier—my pride—Garuda Indonesia. I did the e-booking for the international flight ticket. I was surprised that all prices were quoted in US Dollars, instead of in my own currency, Rupiah. I was confused, but I had to pay anyway. I got more confused that none of my national bank debit cards was accepted for the payment. Garuda only wanted Credit Card with the [...]
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    Marukara 3 September 2014: A Dangerous Adventure with Indonesian Illegal Traders

    The coastal region in the southern Papua New Guinea near the Indonesian border is notorious for the illegal cross-border trading activity. Indonesian traders often cross the sea border from Merauke in the west and venture to Papua New Guinean villages to do their unlawful business. This is a very dangerous journey, due to attacks from the pirates and possibility being caught by joint PNG—Australian border patrol. I could sense the over-cautious attitude in Herman—a Marind trader from [...]

    中国网:呈现|“寻家”之路 道阻且长(No.103)

    印尼人?中国人?从18岁起,奥古斯丁开始只身踏上“寻家”之路,当行走成为挑战自我的模式,他的足迹开始踏及吉尔吉克斯坦,巴基斯坦,土库曼斯坦,伊朗,遍布整个中东。终于,他通过行走得到了内心的和解,打破了旧有的“墙”,让当下和过去握手言和。 An in-depth article from (中国网) on my searching of identity as a Chinese Indonesian, about my winding journey to find the real [...]
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    Tais 30 August 2014: A Nation in Waiting

    Nobody would deny, Tais is a very blessed land. See how green the vast pasture surrounding the village—even though your economist mind may ask why such a potential fertile land is just wasted and overgrown by wild grass as tall as your chest. See how bountiful their garden products are, their huge yams and blue yams and cassavas and sweet potatos, their super-sweet bananas and super-hot chili and super-fresh coconuts and super-big oranges. When the men go hunting to nearby jungles, they [...]

China dan Jalur Sutra Baru

by Agustinus Wibowo in China

China mempromosikan mimpi besar untuk membangun Jalur Sutra modern demi kemakmuran bersama. Apakah mimpi ini bisa terwujud, atau sekadar menjadi slogan utopia semata? Laporan untuk Visiting Program for Young Sinologist di Beijing, riset saya mengenai usulan China untuk membangun Jalur Sutra Baru. Jalur Sutra Abad Milenium Hampir 22 abad silam, Kaisar Han mengutus Zhang Qian mendatangi kerajaan Dayuan di Asia Tengah demi membentuk aliansi militer. Perjalanan ini kemudian melahirkan rute [...]

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