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Jakarta Post

Equality, diversity, inclusion in Indonesia

  • Paul Smith
    Paul Smith

    Director of British Council Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 23, 2017   /  02:11 pm
Equality, diversity, inclusion in Indonesia Connection: Seniors Cornelius RJ and Queensy Lovenia pose in front of the mural they created with their classmates. (JP/Aman Rochman)

Those of us foreigners who have the privilege of spending a few years living and working in wonderful Indonesia sometimes struggle to make our friends back home appreciate the magnitude and global significance of this country. The whole world seems to know that the three world population giants are China, India and the United States and we’re all used to seeing Chinese, Indian and American political narratives unfurl across the global news channels every day. These are the big three and they let us know it. But the fourth? That certainly stumps my British friends. Russia? Brazil? Pakistan? And then, where is the world’s largest Islamic umma? Well, obviously, in the Middle East or perhaps South Asia. One anecdote we all happily resort to is the archipelago fact. Forget the 17,500 individual islands and just focus on the 9,000 or so populated ones. Explore Indonesia by...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.