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…

A day-trip to North Sumatra’s Toba Lake

Covering 1707 square kilometers, Danau Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and the largest volcanic lake in the world. In the center of the lake lies Samosir Island, home of the Toba people, one of five Batak tribes native to North Sumatra. With its lush greenery and its relaxed, sleepy atmosphere, Samosir makes…

Masohi royal procession celebrates anniversary

“Royal flag bearers proudly lead the procession of aristocrats and warriors through the streets of Masohi in celebration of the anniversary of Masohi’s founding.  While today the kings of Maluku’s numerous regions and towns have no official political power, no important political event would be complete without the participation of Maluku’s royal families and courts.”…