Fulbright Soundtrack

— By Jared Lax — Music has played a huge role in my Fulbright grant thus far. Karaoke is one of the most popular social activities in Indonesia, so I go butcher some Indonesian pop songs about every two weeks or so. Every day I disappoint my students with my lack of knowledge about the…

What are your pronouns?

— By Rebecca Selin — Let’s talk about pronouns. Yes, those little words like you, me, he, she, zee, they, hirs, etc. I’m no linguist, but Indonesia may be the world capital of pronouns. There are (at least) three first-person pronouns and dozens of possible second-person pronouns (I say “possible” because titles can also function…

American Holidays in Indonesia: A Review of 2015

With six official religions marking the calendars of every Indonesian, there is no shortage of state-recognized holidays for ETAs to partake in during their grant. From the religious Idul Adha to the secular National Armed Forces Day, ETAs participated in a surprising number of holidays at their sites in the first half of the grant. While participating…