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In search of a lost fatherland (2) Rudy Kousbroek and Sitor Situmorang about Sumatra

by Dirk A. Buiskool Photo Barbara Brouwer, Marc Vervaart   After a stay of more than 30 years on Sumatra, I became attached to the country. In 1990 I came to Medan as a...

In search of a lost fatherland (1) Rudy Kousbroek and Sitor Situmorang about Sumatra

by Dirk A. Buiskool Photo Barbara Brouwer After a stay of more than 30 years on Sumatra, I became attached to the country. In 1990 I came to Medan as a teacher of...

Community-Based Ecotourism in North Sumatra

Community-Based Ecotourism as a Way to Ensure Nature Conservation, and Well-being in North Sumatra, Indonesia by Roderick T.J. Buiskool, M.A.   Orangutan and infant...

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Sumatra is Amazing!

By: Dalih Sembiring Sumatra, also spelled Sumatera, is in its entirety Indonesia’s largest island. One may say that Kalimantan or Papua is larger, but those two...

Poet Sitor Situmorang (90) passed away

Sitor Situmorang got a western education and moved to Jakarta where he worked as a journalist. Because of his strong affiliation with president Soekarno he was a...

Book review

Margaret Kartomi’s life-long devotion to bringing Sumatran music to the world is revealed in her major contribution to analysing and preserving this musical...

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Lake Toba, Sumatra’s Gem!

By: Isaac Olson Coming across the words, "supervolcano" and "largest known explosive eruption anywhere on Earth in the last 25 million years" were enough to spark my...

Small and Bigger Changes: Aceh is Moving Forward

By: Ed Caffin “Tourism has come back to Aceh. That is very good for us”, says Rizki*, as he pours us a morning coffee. Together with his brother Farid he runs a...

Chinese Snacks in Selat Panjang, By: Dalih Sembiring

Food Heaven in a Medan Alley: Jalan Selat Panjang Medan

By: Labodalih Sembiring Medan, 9:45 p.m. The city’s commonly unruly traffic has died down. But this is not the case in a narrow street tucked behind Jalan Semarang,...