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Jakarta Post

Ann Dunham Soetoro: Love for Indonesia

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 17 2010   /  11:28 am

Barack Obama has become largely popular in Indonesia, the country where the US president spent four years of his childhood. Old acquaintances and experts, however, deem that his mother — obscure in comparison to her son’s popularity — is the one whom the Indonesian public must acknowledge more.Obama, the first African-American US president in history, is scheduled to visit Indonesia later this month. He has enchanted some Indonesians and expatriates living here with his promise of change and dialogue – a refreshing change from the brash style of his predecessor, George W. Bush. A bronze statue of him as a boy has even cropped up in his honor.However, his mother, Ann Dunham Soetoro, has not yet been given proper recognition by the Indonesian public, according to self-professed close friend and author Julia Suryakusuma.Born Stanley Ann Dunham, the Kansas-native anthropologist and a...