Day Party

— By Patrick Dougherty — You sweat a lot in Indonesia. It’s near/on the equator, it’s humid, and there’s not much air-conditioning to speak of. When asked by another teacher why Americans don’t bathe twice a day, I told him because we don’t sweat inside our workplaces since there’s usually central air conditioning. I reassured him…

High school dance: a paradox?

When I began to experience everyday life at my public high school in Madiun, social and cultural customs aligned with what I had expected of East Java’s more conservative culture. The students wear uniforms every day of the week; female students wear a knee or ankle-length skirt with a short to long-sleeved blouse, and about…