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XU XI: The Political is Personal

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 29 2016   /  10:23 am

On high ground: Author Xu Xi is seen above that evanescent isle, Hong Kong.Indonesian writer Xu Xi translates geopolitics into fictional characters and plotline.Chinese-Indonesian writer and editor Xu Xi, also known as Sussy Komala, who alternates between living in Hong Kong and the US, will spend the entire week doing a number of activities in Indonesia, the home of her parents (her manganese ore-trader father is from Tegal and pharmacist mother from Cilacap, both cities located in Central Java).

From July 24 to 28, she is taking part in authors-at-large writing retreat on privately owned Telunas Island in Riau while from July 30 to 31, she will be in Jakarta, facilitating a creative writing workshop and discussion called “Discover Your Creative ‘I’” organized by The Jakarta Post.

Her name may not be familiar to those who love Indonesian literary writers, but her ...