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Rachel Cooper: Indonesia flowing through her veins

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 23 2010   /  08:32 am

Courtesy of Rachel CooperAs a US-based performing arts presenter whose work is mainly focused on Asia, it’s only natural for Rachel Cooper to be spellbound by Indonesia, a country rich in arts and culture.In fact, Indonesia for her is more than captivating. It seems to have become a second home, a place she returns to over and over. “I have been so inspired in my life by Indonesia, its people, the friendships, the artists I work with,”
said Cooper, now director of cultural programs and performing arts for the New York-based Asia Society, whose mission is to create a deeper understanding of the Asian art scene.“It’s been such a major part of my life. I’ve learned so much from Indonesia,” Cooper, who speaks fluent Indonesian, told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of her recent visit to Yogyakarta.The fact that she has watched some recent Indonesian movies including Riri ...