by Jennie S. Bev Modern lifestyle is known to be quite monotonous and routine. Many people work, live, and even breathe on cruise-control auto-pilot mode. Those who follow the rules are oftentimes stamped as “good gatekeepers” and those who despise and challenge the...
by Jennie S. Bev March 8th is international women’s day. Indonesian culture and laws reflect a utopian message that men and women live in harmony, in an environment that each gender understands and executes their responsibilities wisely. In this notion, men serve as...
by Jennie S. Bev Recently, we have been hearing about many things in Indonesian political arena. Most of them call themselves as participants in Indonesia’s reformation era. All consider themselves as noble participants. They want Indonesia to be a better place. A...
Jennie M. Xue is an award-winning author and a bilingual columnist based in Northern California. She writes in English and Indonesian and is known as one of the most prolific Indonesia-born bilingual authors and columnists. Her English-only site and writing portfolio is JenniferXue.com.
The fire within Jennie was ignited as another fire was extinguished.
(Justin Lafferty for Tracy Press)
In a way, Jennie is a literary opposite of Stockton native Maxine Hong Kingston, who wrote about being trapped between American culture and the wrenchingly different ways of her Chinese immigrant parents. Cultural dislocation empowers Jennie.
(Michael Fitzgerald for The Record of San Joaquin)
They say the people who truly love you are the ones who constantly urge you to improve. Jakarta native and award-winning writer Jennie embodies this. Though she has lived in America for more than a decade, Jennie writes exhaustively on Jakarta, its people, its activism and its future.
(Shalene Gupta for The Jakarta Globe)