The people next door: understanding Indonesia [Book review]

Gehrmann, Richard (2004) The people next door: understanding Indonesia [Book review]. Journal of Australian Studies (83). pp. 136-138. ISSN 1444-3058

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Abstract

While our engagement with Asia is not viewed in the same light that it once was, Asia is still of immense importance to Australia, and of all the states that make up the (possibly non existent but often debated) construct that is Asia, Indonesia is, for a variety of reasons, extremely important. The People Next Door consists of former award winning journalist Duncan Graham's personal experiences of, and observations in Indonesia. These are a study of the evolving relationship between two very close and two very different neighbours, moving from analysis of Javanese spirit worship and religion to the Indonesian predilection for zany uniforms. Graham's fondness for, and familiarity with the East Javanese city of Surabaya is clearly apparent and his warm descriptions of a region he is deeply attached to is especially effective.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2015 02:06
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2015 02:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indonesia; Australia Asian relations
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asia's Past
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21865

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