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Jakarta Post

Breaking down the barriers and stereotypes

  • Dewi Anggraeni

Melbourne   /   Sat, August 11 2012   /  12:19 pm

Indonesia, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics, is the second most popular holiday destination for Australians. In the 2011-2012 financial year alone, 911,000 Australians visited Indonesia (a significant increase from 232,000 visitors in 2006-2007).

Yet in the collective consciousness of Indonesians — limited to the educated middle-class at that — Australia is only beginning to assume an identity clearly separated from the vague mass of “Western cultures” or “Western countries”. However, some Australian individuals are fondly remembered, not only by those they have come to know in big cities, but also by people in a number of villages.

While tourists are most welcome in Indonesia, and no doubt many are fondly remembered by those they meet along the way, they are in the country primarily to have a good time, and it is all good and legitimate. Some may ...