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  R E S E A R C H   &   H I G H E R   E D U C A T I O N C O M M E M O R A T I O N S O C I E T Y H I S T O R Y mengapa blog ini?

Mengapa blog ini?

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Mengapa saya mengisi blog ini, yang demikian menyita waktu dan energi? Mungkin banyak alasannya, yang kalau ditanya juga saya tidak tahu persis apa jawabannya. Tapi yang pasti saya: tidak bermaksud mempromosikan diri tidak mengejar jabatan di pemerintahan tidak mencari keuntungan finansial (tidak ada monetization di blog ini) tidak berniat menjadi influencer Kalau begitu, mengapa blog ini? Pertanyaan sederhana, jawaban tak mudah ditemukan. Patriotisme? Nasionalisme? Narsisme? Mencari jawaban sampai ke lubuk hati yang paling dalam... bukan itu semua!  Terlahir di Indonesia, terdidik di Indonesia dan Belanda, mendidik di Indonesia, dan sekarang berkarya di Belanda adalah perjalanan hidup yang mungkin telah membuat saya kritis dalam berpandang. Saya yakin pandangan saya dapat memperkaya wawasan, di kalangan Belanda maupun Indonesia, karena itu saya berbagi di blog ini. Apa dampak blog ini? Hanya mereka yang pernah melihat, membaca dan mendengar isi blog ini yang tahu jawabannya! Saat say

Dutch Perspective on Indonesian Independence (PPI interview): 350 tahun?

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History is an immensely important discipline as it touches upon the very basics of human existence, where reasoning and emotion are intertwined to determine an outcome in a spectrum between pride and shame, honor and disgrace, admission and denial! Unfavorable outcomes between these extremes could manifest themselves in annoyance, resentment, tension and even conflict between members of communities whose ancestors happened to be on the opposite sides of the history. Within the academic sphere, certain subtleness may give rise to questions. In search of the answers, an academic research with clear-cut terminologies is deployed.  From questions to answers, it entails a process through elaborately defined stages in order to arrive at sensible conclusions, i.e. altogether the results of the research. When disseminating the results to the general public, practical situations may pose to be challenging to convey the message coherently . As a result, instead of enlightening, the message may b

Society

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  S O C I E T Y |  An elaboration to the post "Challenged and Prevailed" (2021)   |  Government is more accessible than you thought. Yes, you can make a difference! (2021) |  Challenged and prevailed: living in the Netherlands (2021) |  Help Indonesian Engineers out of Illegality (2020) |  Teman sejati setara beradab (2016) |  Merdeka belum Mandiri (2014) |  Sebuah Renungan (2014) |  Paspor dan Stiker (2013) |  Sosok dan Paspor (2011) |  SBY batal ke Belanda: emosional atau rasional? (2010) |  Mudik Lebaran (2008) |  Islamophobia and the eternal Muslim (by Karina Soemarwoto, op-ed, The Jakarta Post 2008) back to contents

Commemoration

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C O M M E M O R A T I O N |  A Day in a Year of Dependence (2021)   |  Annotation to A day in a Year of Dependence (2021) |  2020: a Year of Historical Significance (Op-ed, The Jakarta Post, 2020) |  1920-2020: Satu Abad Pendidikan Tinggi Teknik di Indonesia (2020) |  Speech delivered on the Otto Soemarwoto Award ceremony (2017) |  Beyond Beautiful Indies (2016) |  Indah melebihi kecantikan Hindia (Op-ed, Bogor Today, 2016) back to contents

History

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H I S T O R Y | Dutch perspective on Indonesian Independence (2021) |  Uwa's story: almost slaughtered by the Dutch (2021) |  Cerita Aki: sekilas Pengalaman dalam Perang Kemerdekaan 1945-1949 (2021) |  Aki's story: experience in brief during the 1945-1949 War of Independence (2021) |  Review of the movie "de Oost" (2021) |  RI’s Independence Day - A Forgotten Piece of History (by Karina Soemarwoto, op-ed, The Jakarta Post, 2010) back to contents  

Research & Higher Education

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    R E S E A R C H   &   H I G H E R   E D U C A T I O N |  Visi Riset, Teknologi dan Pendidikan Tinggi Indonesia di Abad 21 (2019) |  1920-2020: Satu Abad Pendidikan Tinggi Teknik di Indonesia (2020) |  Speech delivered on the Otto Soemarwoto Award ceremony (2017) |  Menyetarakan Kemitraan (2010) |  ITB Rector and Presidential Elections (Op-ed, The Jakarta Post, 2009) |  Triple Helix in Indonesia: Mission impossible? (Op-ed, The Jakarta Post, 2009) |  New Education Bill: A Blank Check? (Op-ed, The Jakarta Post, 2009) |  When Education Fails to Cultivate Curiosity (by Karina Soemarwoto, op-ed, The Jakarta Post 2008) back to contents

An elaboration to the post "Challenged and Prevailed"

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 I am honored to have received diverse responses to my previous post , which made me realized that it may need some elaboration. My intention was to shed light on a persistent (favorable view towards) colonialism in NL. The first-hand accounts were presented in the context of a person originating from ID living in NL. In a general sense, it is the same context as a person from the global south living in the global north , where in the past there was a colonial racial domination by the latter over the former in the land of the former , with racial slavery being one of its pronounced characteristics. The responses can be grouped into: 1.    Anticipative response: it may also happen to me or my family members (children). 2.   Confirmative “me too” response: it also happened to me (in NL). 3.   Out of context “me too” response: it also happened to me (as a minority) in ID. 4.   Suggestive response: no, it never happened to me, maybe it’s an “integration” thing. To the first

Government is more accessible than you thought. Yes, you can make a difference!

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I have always been skeptical about using a public channel to contact the government, any government. With the ease of internet, augmented by the exploding social media, the contact form and display of social platform logos look just cosmetical. But the issue below was so disturbing that I decided to give a shot. On 29 November 2020, I sent a message to the Dutch government using this contact form  (see the letter below). A response to this letter a couple of days later was more than a pleasant surprise: I am glad that such a small step of sending an email has resulted in a concrete action that resolved the issue. This offending text is no longer to be found in their website: The Chinese minority If you are setting up a business in Indonesia, it can be an advantage to have a Chinese relationship. The Chinese in Indonesia are still very important in the economy. Commercial cooperation with the Chinese minority is often more efficient than doing business with the indigenous population (pr

Challenged and prevailed: living in the Netherlands #decolonize

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image credit: Rosa Parks I must have a privileged life being a scientist in the Netherlands and have never been confronted by any verbal harassment related to my ethnicity, origin and/or belief. Only just recently I learned to know what my daughter has been through during her secondary school and university stage. The kind of experiences that I never had because (a) I grew up in Indonesia in a homogeneous system of norms and values, and (b) in the Netherlands I live my daily life in a highly educated community that highly upholds professional ethics and collegiality, pretty much a filtered society. I feel now guilty that I did not recognize her experiences. I simply thought that everything was fine and smooth. Apparently, she dealt with it all along independently, overcoming the emotional burden without bothering her dad. However with such a challenge, her academic achievement and her thought for the society make her dad very proud of: Karina's theses @ Universiteit Leiden Clinical

Uwa's story: almost slaughtered by the Dutch

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 Uwa's story: almost slaughtered by the Dutch (For those not familiar with the Dutch society struggling with their dark past of colonialism, there is an on-going research on the war of independence in Indonesia in the period of 1945-1949. In contrast to the Dutch society who has a rooted writing culture, orality is much more prevalent within the Indonesian society. The unfavourable consequence is that historical accounts fade away with the passing of generations. This blog post and an earlier one ( Aki's story ) are just a small contribution to preserve the Indonesian perspectives from first hand authentic accounts. I got in touch with one of the research leaders when I wrote a book commemorating 100 years of higher engineering education in Indonesia, and I am privileged to have an opportunity to converse with him since then, amongst others through this letter below).  Dear, After reading the section " getuigen & tijdgenoten " I am not sure if what I am about to

Cerita Aki: sekilas Pengalaman dalam Perang Kemerdekaan 1945-1949

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Cerita Aki: Sekilas Pengalaman dalam Perang Kemerdekaan 1945-1949 Surat otentik dari seorang Aki (Kakek dalam bahasa Sunda) yang ditulis untuk cucunya (ketika itu masih remaja ) yang tinggal di negeri Belanda. Setelah Perang Dunia II selesai pada tahun 1945 dengan menyerahnya Jepang  kepada Sekutu, Indonesia diduduki oleh tentara Inggris sebagai transisi untuk  dikembalikan kepada Belanda. Tetapi pada 17 Agustus 1945 Sukarno-Hatta atas  nama Rakyat Indonesia memproklamasikan kemerdekaan Indonesia. Belanda  tidak mau mengakui kemerdekaan Indonesia. Belanda ikut dengan tentara  Inggris mendarat di Indonesia. Terjadilah konflik senjata antara Indonesia  dengan Belanda. Kedudukan Pemerintah Republik Indonesia di Jakarta makin  terjepit. Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX menyatakan Kasultanan Yogyakarta  sebagai bagian Republik Indonesia dan menawarkan Yogyakarta sebagai tempat  kedudukan pemerintah Republik Indonesia. Tawaran ini diterima dan  pemerintah RI pindah ke Yogya.  Aki pada waktu itu sek

Aki's story: experience in brief during the 1945-1949 War of Independence

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Aki's story: experience in brief during the 1945-1949 War of Independence   This is a translation of an authentic letter written by Aki (Grandpa in Sundanese) to his grand daugher (at that time was still a teen-ager) who resides in the Netherlands. The original letter is written in Indonesian . After World War II was finished in 1945 with Japan's surrender to the Allies,  Indonesia was occupied by British troops in a transition to be returned to the  Dutch. But on August 17, 1945 on behalf of the Indonesian people  Sukarno-Hatta proclaimed Indonesia's independence. The Netherlands did not want to  recognize Indonesian independence. The Dutch joined with British troops  landing in Indonesia. What followed was an armed conflict between Indonesia  and the Netherlands. The position of the Government of the Republic of  Indonesia in Jakarta was increasingly squeezed. Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX  declared Yogyakarta Sultanate as part of the Republic of Indonesia and offered  Yogyak

A Day in a Year of Dependence

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 A Day in a Year of Dependence Another year in a journey of independence has passed. We have all the reasons to celebrate it with joy like every year. But, shouldn’t we start a tradition of making it a moment of deep reflection, to contemplate? The 17th of August, 1945, was a culmination of a concerted endeavour starting in 1908 to oppose the Dutch colonialism together as a nation. It was a new paradigm that brought a new form of resistance. It did not come out of the blue, as previous forms of resistance had failed with hundreds of thousands of lives lost. In the span of centuries of colonial presence in Indonesia, a chronological overview of resistance, expeditions and wars is presented in a tremendous book “ Koloniale oorlogen in IndonesiĆ«” written by a Dutch jounalist Piet Hagen, published in 2018. The 37-year long struggle from 1908 to 1945 was characterized by intellectual activisms, forbidden by the colonial ruler, but succeeded to garner the young minds across the archipel