by Jennie S. Bev This month marks the 10th anniversary of the reformasi movement in Indonesia. Begun with the shootings of four Trisakti University students in Jakarta, a week of violent demonstrations throughout Java followed, and the subsequent political turmoil,...
by Jennie S. Bev Indonesians have been flocking to a wildly popular novel by a young Indonesian named Habiburrahman El-Shiraz, and now an equally popular new movie, Ayat-Ayat Cinta, (translated as Love Verses). At first blush the work sounds hopelessly and religiously...
by Jennie S. Bev A declaration that existing local shariah laws can stay in place could generate more shariah laws. In November 2007, Indonesia won the prestigious Democracy Award from the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) for its peaceful...
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)