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Jakarta Post

Embrace the past in shaping city of the future

  • Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo

Los Angeles   /   Sat, June 23 2018   /  02:30 am

The governor of Jakarta and the mayor of Bandung were among some 4,000 leaders from government, business, philanthropy and civil society joining us at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles last May. And indeed, these two Indonesian leaders know first-hand the challenges facing Indonesia’s metropolitan areas as the nation, like all of Southeast Asia, moves from the rural to the urban. But intriguingly, from Hollywood — just a few miles from our conference site — came a blockbuster film that might also offer up an unintentional message for Indonesia’s urban leaders. Black Panther, Marvel’s early-2018 entry in its cinematic universe, has grossed more than US$1.3 billion since its release, including some $50 million in Southeast Asia. Indonesia alone accounted for nearly $12.5 million of that total. But more than setting a new standard for comic-boo...