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Serenity, Cleanliness and Lining Up

[Read directly at TheJakartaPost.com] by Jennie S. Bev I was born in the middle of Central Jakarta at RSIA YPK and raised in the surrounding area. By birth, I was a big city kid. By choice, I am a small town woman. A good friend who is a scholar at Deakin...

An Unlikely Asian Century

   [Read directly at TheJakartaPost.com][Republished by Asia News Network.]  by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara The 19th century was the European century, the 20th century was the American century and the 21st century is believed to be an Asian century....

Gender Shock, Sexism, Misogyny and Prostitution

   [Read directly at TheJakartaPost.com] by Jennie S. Bev During the past three weeks that I have been in Jakarta, I have been experiencing “gender shock”. In this city that never sleeps, I feel old, disrespected and disposable as a childless woman in my...

Nobel Peace Prize for Europe: Good or Bad Decision?

[Read directly at TheJakartaPost.com.] by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize goes to the European Union (EU). Yes, not to an individual, like Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for advocating girls’ right to an...

Obama Time Again, the USA and Indonesia

by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara In my opinion piece “Obama’s campaign promises and us” (The Jakarta Post, Sept. 17, 2008), I predicted that Barack Obama was likely “underestimating” the magnitude of the state of the mess he inherited when he assumed office. I wrote, “in...

Between Curiosity and Mandatory Schooling

by Jennie Siat Bev Our parents taught us early on that we needed to go to school so we could get a good job and live a decent life. In other words, education is the ticket which enables us to climb the social and economic ladder, despite our current class. Yet...

Tyranny and liberty: what’s a good dose?

by Jennie S. Bev John Basil Barnhill once said about socialism, “Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people, you have liberty.” Barnhill’s definition evolved from Aristotle’s, which was “a kind of monarchy which has...

A well-rounded education

by Jennie S. Bev My nephews and niece go to international schools in Jakarta. They enjoy world-class education with a UK-standard curriculum. They are fortunate because more than 11.7 million Indonesian children have dropped out of school. However, does a world-class...

Jakarta’s public health and living standards

by Jennie S. Bev I was born, raised, and lived in Central Jakarta for more than 25 years. I was proud of calling myself an anak Menteng asli, or a “genuine Menteng kid.” Today, I still pass by the hospital where I was born, which is located behind my old high...

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