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Jakarta Post

Ariel Heryanto, Valuing popular culture

  • Aimee Dawis


Jakarta   /   Thu, June 25 2009   /  11:08 am
(Courtesy of Ariel Heryanto)

Most regular readers of Kompas between 1995 and 2008 would be familiar with Ariel Heryanto from his column "Asal Usul" (Origins), in which he tackled such provocative subjects as pornography and communism. During its run under Heryanto, "Asal Usul" garnered a loyal following of readers who appreciated Heryanto's candor, his skillful and elegant use of Indonesian, and his creative insight. (Courtesy of Ariel Heryanto) The writer, social commentator and academic, currently head of the Southeast Asia Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra, was in Indonesia last month to deliver a lecture on "Popular Culture in Southeast Asian Studies: An Indonesian Perspective." This lecture was part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Southeast Asian Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP) at the University of Indonesia. Addressi...