Working 9-6 everyday in Beijing and the 40-minute commute to and from work, alongside half a dozen other weekly commitments doesn’t augur well for language study. After leaving Seoul six months ago, my Korean language skills have dropped off dramatically since moving back to China. However, inspired by a neat book called Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by…

Ever heard of the National Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA)? Well, I will give a short run down on the program and how you can enter. Hurry though, applications close on the 22nd of July 2016. The National Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) NAILA, an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, is an annual competition that rewards and fosters the development of…

Thomas Brown is a student from the University of Adelaide who undertook a community development placement in Indonesia last year. In this article he shares his impressions from a field placement in a rural village in Java. Last year I spent five months on a student exchange in Indonesia. Most of my friends and relatives still don’t…

In my previous article, I described my experience of participating in the Darmasiswa Scholarship Program. Those short six months flew by and set in motion plans to return to Indonesia as soon as possible. Upon my return to Australia I met with an Indonesian language exchange partner who was here on a Work and Holiday Visa.…

  For most of my life, the entire sum of my knowledge of Indonesia could be neatly summarised by three dot points: Kuta Beach, Bali; Komodo Dragons; and Australia’s closest neighbour I’d travelled to Bali with my family as a young child, but I don’t recall much of the experience other than having my hair braided…

  In 2011 I joined the Darmasiswa Scholarship Program offered by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. After spending a number of years away from Indonesia, forgetting the language and losing part of myself, I decided it was time to reconnect with the country that had captivated my heart as a 17-year-old. From behind…

  The Indonesia-Australia relationship is extremely important. However, lately it seems as though each month brings fresh controversies highlighting the troubled nature of the national government-to-government relationship. The 2015 Lowy Institute Poll claims that Australians’ feelings towards Indonesia are the lowest they’ve been in 10 years. To add to the gloom, the low number of…

Introduction to ACICIS In this article Nicholas Metherall & Harry Roache-Wilson give you the lowdown on the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).  Within the realm of Australia–Indonesia relations, ACICIS has become a key authoritative institution. Indeed, ACICIS has pioneered the building of people-to-people links between Australia and Indonesia since its establishment in 1994. Through building…

  I recently traveled to Indonesia in November 2014, combining study and leisure in the space of a few weeks. The University of Melbourne offers a week-long intensive subject called ‘Social Policy and Development’, taught at Universitas Indonesia’s (UI) Depok campus, situated south of Jakarta. The subject runs every November and is open to Masters…

  Anyone who knows me today would describe me as “Indonesia-crazy” and they have good reason to do so; I travel to Indonesia more often than anywhere else and when I’m not here, I spend most of my time telling everyone that I wish I were. I have also gotten into the bad habit of…

  So you’ve come back to Melbourne from a year overseas in Asia. By the end of the trip you were conversing, laughing and living in a foreign language – or at least giving it a good go! Now, for whatever reason, you’re back ‘home’ and you’re looking at ways to keep up your hard-won…

  The decline of Indonesian language studies- described as a ‘death spiral’ by The Australian- has been widely covered by news, media and academics throughout Australia. So how serious is this death spiral for Indonesian studies in Australia? Since 2006, Bahasa Indonesia has been designated a nationally-strategic-language in Australia yet enrolments have fallen 40 per cent and…

  Here is a piece I wrote home with during my first month back in Indonesia. Although this was written back in 2010, it is still relevant today. I had just moved to Jogjakarta, Indonesia, to commence a position at English First as an English Teacher. I had 6 days to settle in before I…

  Language learning has been a fascinating and rewarding experience for me. There is an amazing sense of achievement when you first become able to communicate in a language that you didn’t develop as a child. As any language learner may know, there are ups and downs along the way. There are just as many…