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August 23, 2014
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Denpasar City Of Culture, once was

I can still remember clearly the image we had when we were kids of Denpasar. In those days-before the word 'tourist' became part of our everyday vocabularies-Denpasar was our ultimate dream destination. It represented our traditions and our modernity, the foreign and the familiar, our history as well as our future. And I can still remember, just like it was yesterday, the morning my uncle woke us up to take us to witness the wonders of the city. Full of excitement, we put on our best shirts-the ones we usually saved for ceremonies at the village temple-and boarded the beat-up old bus that was the city's first public transportation. Eagerly we hung our heads out the windows, ogling the spectacles that lined the streets. There were electric lamps that shed a magical glow against the asphalted pavement. There was the movie theater where Hollywood cowboys fired their pistols and Bombay lovers sang their sad songs, and the building where the bureaucrats churned out information and counted things we had never realized needed to be counted. There were three-wheeled bemos speeding towards the university, where students gathered to discuss things we understood well but did not yet have the words for: freedom, democracy, oppression and corruption.

August 20, 2014
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Balinese Art that Bites

This friend of mine, like many others in the area, had followed the tourist boom, selling some family land and trading on the reputation of Bali as an island of artists to open a business making carved wooden handicrafts. But with the political upheavals in Indonesia and abroad, what had once seemed like a smooth path to success was turning into a very bumpy road. Few tourists now visited his little art shop and his overseas orders had slowed. “You know about politics,” he said. “Do you think things will get better?” I couldn’t come up with an answer, I could only ponder how the production of “authentic” Balinese art and craft had become so dependent on things happening islands and countries away.

 
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