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Jakarta Post

Scene & Heard: Second Home

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 30 2012   /  10:57 am

Expatriate love affairs with Indonesia are nothing new. From the colonies of European artists in Bali in the 1920s and 1930s to the mysterious and marvelous Ktut Tantri, an Australian who befriended first president Sukarno and played a role in Indonesia’s independence struggle, foreigners have long found Indonesia to their liking.

Today, Indonesia’s rapid development and ample opportunities are making the nation an increasingly intriguing prospect for people from all over the world. There are growing ranks of longterm expatriates – in contrast to those who come for a short assignment before heading home.

And Indonesians are also realizing with pride that their rich culture has much to offer the world. It’s reflected in the new show Asing Star (Foreign Star, Trans7, 6 p.m. Sunday), in which foreigners warble a happy Indonesian language tune before a panel of celebri...