Asian Games pride, virginity testing shame

Julia Suryakusuma

Author of Julia's Jihad


Jakarta   /  Wed, September 5, 2018  /  01:52 pm

Indonesia's delegation parades during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. (AFP/ Jewel Samad)

Wow, like most Indonesians, I was bursting with pride over the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra!  

What’s not to be euphorically proud of? It wasn’t just the 31 gold medals, or coming fourth after China, Japan and South Korea. It was also the magical, mesmerizing, fun-fantasia extravaganza of the opening and closing ceremonies, the super-cool J...