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Understanding Indonesia: Home
This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Indonesia.
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This introduction video brings you around Indonesia -- when to go and the top things to do while you are in Indonesia.
Understand more about the cultural etiquette in Indonesia.
Cultural Dos and Don’ts
Indonesia is an open, friendly and peaceful country. Nevertheless, good cultural awareness will ease the culture shock and ensure that you avoid any unnecessary faux pas in daily life and business. Indonesians are taught from a very young age to remain calm in public, avoid disagreements, speak quietly with consideration and not get angered by little things. You should do the same. Adopt a humble demeanour, practice patience and remember to smile!
Greet an Indonesian with “Selamat”, which means peace. This should be said slowly and with sincerity. Initial greetings will involve a slow handshake (always with the right hand) accompanied by a slight nod of the head or bow.
Only shake an Indonesian woman´s hand if she initiates the greeting.
Always greet the eldest or most senior person first.
Do not slap the back of an Indonesian, or touch their head, as this is considered very disrespectful.
An Indonesian may show their approval with a pat on the shoulder.
Avoid extended eye contact as this can be interpreted as a sign of hostility and never chew gum or yawn.
All about Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim, Islamic calendar, and is a time to pray, give charity and also fasting during daylight hours. During the month of Ramadan, adult Muslims fast from dusk until dawn, unless they are ill, pregnant, diabetic, breastfeeding, or travelling. Children are not obliged to fast during Ramadan, not until they are close to their teens, but some practice in order to prepare for adult participation. Find out more what is the 5 Pillars of Islam represent.
During this sacred month, the dynamics in Muslim countries changes a bit. Travelling during this period of time would certainly expose you to new experiences, and give you more insight into the lifestyles of people different from you.
Read more to understand the various Indonesian culture, customs and etiquette.
Basic Conversational Language
Some phrases in Bahasa Indonesia that are handy to know when visiting Indonesia.
Selamat Pagi (Good Morning)
Selamat Siang (Good Afternoon)
Selamat Malam (Good Night)
Terima Kasih (Thank You)
Apa Kabar (How Are You)
Permisi (Excuse me)
Lessons are broken down into bite-sized chunks and it feels like you’re playing a game. Duolingo is a great introduction, but it can feel like you’re learning a random mix of information, often through repetition. The more you do, the more robust your vocabulary will be.
The only way to become fluent in a new language is to speak it. Tandem is geared toward conversations with native speakers. The idea is that you can help one another learn new languages via text, audio, and video chat. The app vets you and then helps you to find a partner who shares your interests. They teach you and you teach them.
This section informs the common scams and crimes to look out for when visiting Indonesia.
Common Tourist Scams Learn how to protect yourself from these common scams and crimes when visiting Indonesia.
Crime & Security
Overall Crime and Safety Report
Find out more information on the common crime threats, areas of concerns, transportation-road safety, and even terrorism threat.
This section lists some recommended readings about Indonesia.
Employment, living standards and poverty in contemporary Indonesia by ManningUnderstanding the nexus between employment, living standards and poverty is a major challenge in Indonesia. Trends in poverty are heavily dependent on labour market opportunities and social spending in education and health. The question is how to create opportunities and spend money wisely - a subject of intense debate in Indonesia. The government has brought a renewed focus to poverty reduction since the end of the Asian financial crisis, especially under the current president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. This book shows how Indonesia is travelling with regard to employment, social policy and poverty. It identifies promising new directions for strategies to alleviate poverty, some of which are already showing results.
Call Number: This is an E-Book
Publication Date: 2011-05-01
Global Indonesia by Jean Gelman TaylorIn the 19thcentury, colonial rule brought the modern world closer to the Indonesian peoples, introducing mechanized transport, all-weather roads, postal and telegraph communications, and steamship networks that linked Indonesia's islands to each other, to Europe and the Middle East. This book looks at Indonesia's global importance, and traces the entwining of its peoples and economies with the wider world. The book discusses how products unique to Indonesia first slipped into regional trade networks and exposed scattered communities to the dynamic influence of far-off civilizations. It focuses on economic and cultural changes that resulted in the emergence of political units organized as oligarchies or monarchies, and goes on to look in detail at Indonesia's relationship with Holland's East Indies Company. The book analyses the attempts by politicians to negotiate ways of being modern but uniquely Indonesian, and considers the oscillations in Indonesia between movements for theocracy and democracy. It is a useful contribution for students and scholars of World History and Southeast Asian Studies.
Call Number: Li Ka Shing Library Books Level 4 DS634 .T38 2013
Publication Date: 2012-10-25
Bahasa Indonesia by Yohanni Johns; Robyn StokesThe first of a two-volume set which presents a graded course in Bahasa Indonesia, developed at the Australian National University. The book is intended for those who want to study the language at beginner and intermediate levels.
Call Number: Li Ka Shing Library Books Level 3 PL5073 .J6 1977
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The Doing Business project provides objective measures of
business regulations for local firms in 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational level.
This section provides useful links to the Indonesia social media.
MFA of the Republic of Indonesia
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