Journalism and Politics in Indonesia

A Critical Biography of Mochtar Lubis (1922-2004) as Editor and Author

Author: David T. Hill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135169136

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Mochtar Lubis was one of Indonesia’s best-known newspaper editors, authors and cultural figures, with a national, regional and international prominence that he retained from the early 1950s until his recent death in 2004. This book traces the major events in the life of Mochtar Lubis, which is also a prism through which much of Indonesia’s post-independence history can be interpreted. This book is also the story of Indonesia in the second half of the twentieth century, when the people of the archipelago became an independent nation, and when print media and the influential figures who controlled and produced newspapers, played a pivotal role in national political, educational and cultural life, defining Indonesia. Editors with strong personalities dominated the industry and sparred with the nation’s leadership; Lubis was a vocal critic of the abuse of power and a thorn in the side of the country’s first two presidents, becoming synonymous with combative journalism. Under both Sukarno and Suharto, Lubis had his newspaper closed down and was imprisoned. As the only comprehensive biography of this towering figure, the book provides a unique insight into the history and development of media, literature and the political system in Indonesia.
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Indonesian Notebook

A Sourcebook on Richard Wright and the Bandung Conference

Author: Brian Russell Roberts,Keith Foulcher

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822374641

Category: History

Page: 288

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While Richard Wright's account of the 1955 Bandung Conference has been key to shaping Afro-Asian historical narratives, Indonesian accounts of Wright and his conference attendance have been largely overlooked. Indonesian Notebook contains myriad documents by Indonesian writers, intellectuals, and reporters, as well as a newly recovered lecture by Wright, previously published only in Indonesian. Brian Russell Roberts and Keith Foulcher introduce and contextualize these documents with extensive background information and analysis, showcasing the heterogeneity of postcolonial modernity and underscoring the need to consider non-English language perspectives in transnational cultural exchanges. This collection of primary sources and scholarly histories is a crucial companion volume to Wright'sThe Color Curtain.
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Daughter of Independence

Author: Bryce Alcock,Wenny Achdiat

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0987583700

Category: Indonesia

Page: 264

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As a child, Wenny Achdiat experienced the tumult of the Japanese occupation and the Revolution against Dutch rule. Subsequently she struggled for her own independence, first with her parents as a teenager, then with her oil executive husband during the chaotic Sukarno era, and finally with her loneliness as a single mother in Australia. Daughter of Independence interweaves Wenny's story with that of her father, the controversial writer Achdiat Karta Mihardja, whose first novel Atheis became a classic. Independence brings both joy and sorrow for Wenny and tests the strong bond between father and daughter.
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