Indonesia.jpg: the Classroom

Just as every site placement and home is different, so is every school and classroom. For our second edition of “Indonesia.jpg,” we aim to portray the similarities and differences between our schools. After all, we are here to teach English, and outside of our homes, the classroom is where we spend a lot (if not…

Experiencing Colorism in Indonesia

— By Kayla Stewart — Recently, I went to the movies in Semarang with a friend. We noticed that all of the American films that have been shown in Indonesia during our grant have featured mostly white cast members. The films released here have been varied; fantasy and sci-fi, comedy and horror. Yet, despite making waves in…

Where Are You Really From?

–By Julius Tsai– “But where are you really from?”  I’ve been facing this inquiry in some form or another for my entire life. But never as much as I have in lush Central Java where I’ve been teaching English for the last eight months. Though I could conceivably pass as one of the many ethnic-Chinese…