History UsefulNotes / Indonesia

17th Oct '17 7:14:31 AM ChrisX
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* Indonesia is included in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'''s expansion pack, ''Brave New World'', with Gajah Mada as it leader, thus mixing modern Indonesian cities (Jakarta, Surabaya, etc) and some of Majapahit cultures. Also this means you get to build Borobudur as one of the possible Wonders. Before the expansion, Indonesia had been represented by Jakarta as one of the City-States you could visit, making it an AscendedExtra.
** Indonesia alsos appear as part of the Polystralia Commonwealth in ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'' with several current Pacific countries. The name of the [[HumbleHero Leader of the Commonwealth]], Hutama, is an Indonesian name and he got his degree from Universitas Sumatera Utara, a real uni at the capital of North Sumatera Province.

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* Indonesia is included in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'''s expansion pack, ''Brave New World'', with Gajah Mada as it leader, thus mixing modern Indonesian cities (Jakarta, Surabaya, etc) and some of Majapahit cultures. Also this means you get to build Borobudur as one of the possible Wonders. Before the expansion, Indonesia had been represented by Jakarta as one of the City-States you could visit, making it an AscendedExtra.
AscendedExtra. While it didn't appear in the vanilla version of ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} VI'', it returned for DLC, now led by Tribhuwana Wijayatunggadewi, although she's listed as her alternate name, Dyah Gitarja.
** Indonesia alsos also appear as part of the Polystralia Commonwealth in ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'' with several current Pacific countries. The name of the [[HumbleHero Leader of the Commonwealth]], Hutama, is an Indonesian name and he got his degree from Universitas Sumatera Utara, a real uni at the capital of North Sumatera Province.
1st Oct '17 4:58:25 AM ChrisX
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* '''Suzzanna Martha Frederika van Osch''': Or shortened Suzzanna, she's an Indo-European actress well known for portraying evil spirits in many many horror films combined with an odd mystical lifestyle, eventually granting her the nickname/title "Indonesian Horror Queen". She gained her popularity from the fifties to early nineties before her retirement, but resurfaced at 2008 for another horror film (Hantu Ambulance/Ambulance Ghost), which tragically would be her last film as she died due to diabetes in the same year.
24th Sep '17 9:27:30 PM ChrisX
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** It should be noted that despite being derivated from the Chinese Shumai, "Siomay" has a stark difference. First and foremost, the main spice used for Siomay is spicy peanut sauce and sometimes sweet soy sauce (see below), and they're more likely to use fishes than other kinds of seafoods or other types of meats. It's pretty popular for students as street food and sometimes you see some local stores specializing in them but don't think you'll see this kind of "Siomay" in Dim Sum menus (Shumai will be there, though).


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** ''Pempek'', fried fish cakes in a dough, served with a mix of salty soy sauce and vinegars that can also give a hot taste, plus cucumbers and a small portion of noodles. Originating from South Sumatra (especially Palembang, their capital), but funnily its most popular origin was from China, as in, there's a Chinese cook who stayed at Palembang, serving fish cakes. The locals came to like the food, the old cook is called "Pek-Apek", slang for 'old man' for Indo-Chinese, which then evolved into "Empek-empek" and THEN shortened to "Pempek" for the food, not the old man.
16th Sep '17 4:53:01 PM nombretomado
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*** Many foreign humanitarian organizations came to help after the tsunami, but fundamentalist Muslims, many of whom are notable government officials, accused them of "Christianization", [[SarcasmMode as evident from the abundance of Christians in Aceh today]]. Some fundies also claimed that the tsunami was caused by a US nuclear test, citing the blackening bodies of the dead as a proof. [[YanksWithTanks The US Navy]] deployed the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to help reconstruction and supplies distribution, however the Indonesian government refused to grant them the permission for the pilots' mandatory regular training (most likely because the image of US planes training over Indonesian soil would seriously piss off the fundies), forcing it to leave.

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*** Many foreign humanitarian organizations came to help after the tsunami, but fundamentalist Muslims, many of whom are notable government officials, accused them of "Christianization", [[SarcasmMode as evident from the abundance of Christians in Aceh today]]. Some fundies also claimed that the tsunami was caused by a US nuclear test, citing the blackening bodies of the dead as a proof. [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks The US Navy]] deployed the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to help reconstruction and supplies distribution, however the Indonesian government refused to grant them the permission for the pilots' mandatory regular training (most likely because the image of US planes training over Indonesian soil would seriously piss off the fundies), forcing it to leave.
10th Sep '17 6:14:33 AM McTulus
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** A rather recent fantasy SoapOpera based on a Radio Show that is originally about a Buddhism-Hinduism has [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batamn and Joker]], [[Manga/CrayonShinChan Action Bastard/Kamen]], [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Stone Strike Gundam]].

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** A rather recent fantasy SoapOpera based on a Radio Show that is originally about a Buddhism-Hinduism has [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batamn Batman and Joker]], [[Manga/CrayonShinChan Action Bastard/Kamen]], [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Stone Strike Gundam]].



** The reason it become popular? While most Indonesian cuisine is spicy, the spices is different, thus it is different kind of spicy. Padang food taste general enough that it palatable to most Indonesian, hence the popularity.



** About the pork. There are still considerable people that eat it, mostly from two ethnic groups, Chinese and Batak. It's also quite prevalent in the eastern parts of Indonesia. The pork ranged from soup based to roasted crispy. Trust me, its very delicious. The best one are usually in Sumatra. How to find restaurant that serve pork in Indonesia? It's easy in some cities in Sumatra. Especially Medan, with its high population of Chinese and Batak. Some restaurant in Javanese cities also serve Pork, though you have to take an extra step. Ask the waiter for the "secret pork menu". Why? Because of that damn radical Islam group FPI. Moderate have no problem with it.

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** About the pork. There are still considerable people that eat it, mostly from two ethnic groups, Chinese and Batak.Bataknese (Balinese also much more creative with their pork, but they mostly keep it in their small island). It's also quite prevalent in the eastern parts of Indonesia. The pork ranged from soup based to roasted crispy. Trust me, its very delicious. The best one are usually in Sumatra. How to find restaurant that serve pork in Indonesia? It's easy in some cities in Sumatra. Especially Medan, with its high population of Chinese and Batak. Some restaurant in Javanese cities also serve Pork, though you have to take an extra step. Ask the waiter for the "secret pork menu". Why? Because of that damn radical Islam group FPI. Moderate have no problem with it.it.
** Be careful, as some place don't serve pork at all, and the word for pork (babi) held the same level as the word ''sh*t'' in Bahasa Indonesia. The safest way is to go to Chinese, Bataknese, or Balinese restaurant and ask about B2.



** Many western restaurant add rice to their menu because it's a surefire way to have customer, since majority of Indonesian have rice as the most important part of their diet.
** And most fast food restaurant required high-school degree before working there, so the service is ''much'' better than in America.



** ''Martabak'', which comes in two totally-different varieties. The sweet variant is made from essentially two layers of fried dough with the (sweet) topping of your choice in-between. The savory variant, which is a more direct derivate of the Arabian ''mutabbaq'', is basically an omelette inside folded thin dough.

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** ''Martabak'', which comes in two totally-different varieties. The sweet variant is made from essentially two layers of fried dough with the (sweet) topping of your choice in-between. The savory variant, which is a more direct derivate derivative of the Arabian ''mutabbaq'', is basically an omelette inside folded thin dough.dough. Many scholar hypothesize that sweet martabak were inspired by ''pancake'', and since one mainstay ingredients is chocolate hagelslag (known here as ''meises'' after mispronouncing of ''meisje'', since Dutch girls LOVE this sprinkly things) it's possible that it was [[SweetTooth Dutch]] influence.



** Surprisingly, Bataknese, which stereotyped as LargeHam at best or LowerClassLout at worst (especially compared to the more polite Javanese and Minang)also have similar principle: Strive to imitate cecak (small member of Gekkonidae family), who can stick to almost any kind of surface. Go overseas, survive, and ''prosper'' in foreign land, since our homeland is infertile and cramped. As shown [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Batak_people here]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batak#Profession here]],Bataknese also have big impact despite small population, with many gravitate to [[academia, singing (naturally blessed with good vocal tract), or something require intimidation (larger than life persona and all that)) BreadEggsMilkSquick]]. Combined with drinking culture, Bataknese are sometimes a Proud ''Frat-Boy'' Race, and such a foil to Javanese and Minang above.
* UngratefulBastard: More folklore, but you can bet anyone in Indonesia to know about the story of Malin Kundang. Long story short, Malin's a very poor boy whose father died on a journey to improve the family condition and his mother had to raise him alone in poverty, and when he reached teenage age/adulthood, Malin decided to follow his father's footsteps by doing the aforementioned "merantau" (he's commonly depicted as being born in Minangkabau), not dying, and he went on to become a very successful and rich merchant, with a most beautiful wife to boot. Then when he ended up returning home, his mom came to see him, but Malin shoved her off and said he didn't recognize her as his mom, out of shame of his crews, wife and new fame. Mom was so stricken with grief she let out a curse that on Malin's journey to his new home, he, along with his wife and crews, got shipwrecked and then [[TakenForGranite turned into stone.]] Moral of the story: Don't be ungrateful to your parents, ''especially your mom''.

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** Surprisingly, Bataknese, which stereotyped as LargeHam at best or LowerClassLout at worst (especially compared to the more polite Javanese and Minang)also have similar principle: Strive to imitate cecak (small member of Gekkonidae family), who can stick to almost any kind of surface. Go overseas, survive, and ''prosper'' in foreign land, since our homeland is infertile and cramped. As shown [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Batak_people here]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batak#Profession here]],Bataknese also have big impact despite small population, with many gravitate to [[academia, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick academia, singing (naturally blessed with good vocal tract), or something require intimidation (larger than life persona and all that)) BreadEggsMilkSquick]].that) ]]. Combined with drinking culture, Bataknese are sometimes a Proud ''Frat-Boy'' Race, and such a foil to Javanese and Minang above.
* UngratefulBastard: More Appear in a lot folklore, but you can bet almost anyone in Indonesia to know about the story of Malin Kundang.Kundang (usually taught in elementary school as part of Bahasa Indonesia class about folklore). Long story short, Malin's a very poor boy whose father died on a journey to improve the family condition and his mother had to raise him alone in poverty, and when he reached teenage age/adulthood, Malin decided to follow his father's footsteps by doing the aforementioned "merantau" (he's commonly depicted as being born in Minangkabau), not dying, and he went on to become a very successful and rich merchant, with a most beautiful wife to boot. Then when he ended up returning home, his mom came to see him, but Malin shoved her off and said he didn't recognize her as his mom, out of shame of his crews, wife and new fame. Mom was so stricken with grief she let out a curse that on Malin's journey to his new home, he, along with his wife and crews, got shipwrecked and then [[TakenForGranite turned into stone.]] Moral of the story: Don't be ungrateful to your parents, ''especially your mom''.


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** His lyrics has certain tendency to contain BuffySpeak in his protest song despite his romantic song contain a lot of PurpleProse (and yes he did made a romantic protest song, like Galang Rambu Anarki). This is to emphasize how a lot of the victim have lower education thus easier to manipulate, hit the hardest in economy crisis, or to show that they are [[Angrish really, REALLY angry]].
10th Sep '17 5:14:00 AM McTulus
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**Surprisingly, Bataknese, which stereotyped as LargeHam at best or LowerClassLout at worst (especially compared to the more polite Javanese and Minang)also have similar principle: Strive to imitate cecak (small member of Gekkonidae family), who can stick to almost any kind of surface. Go overseas, survive, and ''prosper'' in foreign land, since our homeland is infertile and cramped. As shown [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Batak_people here]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batak#Profession here]],Bataknese also have big impact despite small population, with many gravitate to [[academia, singing (naturally blessed with good vocal tract), or something require intimidation (larger than life persona and all that)) BreadEggsMilkSquick]]. Combined with drinking culture, Bataknese are sometimes a Proud ''Frat-Boy'' Race, and such a foil to Javanese and Minang above.
22nd Aug '17 9:34:49 AM ChrisX
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* OrderIsNotGood: "Orde Baru" pretty much translates to 'New Order' and with that, Suharto pretty much curbed down ''a lot'' of freedom to protect his darker sides from corruption to dictatorship to Timor dealings in exchange of bringing stability and economic advancement to Indonesia, however temporary it may be. During this era, if you're exposed to be a criminal (either genuine ones or just a threat to his reign), you're swiftly and literally shot dead, no questions. Trisakti Incident put a swift end to this Order.
21st Jul '17 9:14:05 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Indonesia is one of those places almost completely unknown to Westerners (at least until the Website/{{Twitter}} era) despite its many tourist spots, as well as a major role in world history. [[UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} Australians]] are an exception to this, as both countries are (rather uneasy) neighbors, and likewise [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands the Netherlands']] colonial legacy has left enough Indonesians and Indonesian-born Eurasians in the larger Dutch cities to make a mark. Ever heard of Bali? It's one of Indonesia's many islands, and probably the only ''fairly'' popular one. You've also heard of the komodo dragon and orangutan, of course, both of which live in Indonesia. History buffs know about the Spice Islands, the source of cloves and other spices for which 16th-century explorers set sail -- today they are known as the Maluku Islands. Krakatoa, the great volcano that erupted in 1883 and (theoretically) caused a near-extinction event long before that? In Indonesia. Java, source of the English slang for coffee (and a programming language)? An island in Indonesia. The obscurity in most of the West is partly because, until after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the area was known as the East Indies (to be precise, Indonesia was the Dutch East Indies, UsefulNotes/{{Malaysia}} the British East Indies, the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} the Spanish East Indies, etc.). So "Indonesia" basically seemed to appear out of nowhere.[[note]]Of course, it actually didn't. In 1850, English ethnologist George Windsor Earl proposed, in his scientific paper "On The Leading Characteristics of the Papuan, Australian and Malay-Polynesian Nations", the terms ''Indunesians'' and ''Malayunesians'' to name the "inhabitants of the 'Indian [as in, East Indies] Archipelago or Malayan Archipelago'" while co-author and Earl's student James Richardson Logan used ''Indonesia'' as a synonym for "Indian Archipelago". The names became popular for the region after 1900, especially in academic circles, however not to the Dutch, who used their own names. Of course, Indonesian nationalists found a way to bash the Dutch and adopted this name for their nation as a way of affirming themselves politically.[[/note]]

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Indonesia is one of those places almost completely unknown to Westerners (at least until the Website/{{Twitter}} era) despite its many tourist spots, as well as a major role in world history. [[UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} Australians]] are an exception to this, as both countries are (rather uneasy) neighbors, and likewise [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands the Netherlands']] colonial legacy has left enough Indonesians and Indonesian-born Eurasians (like Eddie Music/VanHalen's mom) in the larger Dutch cities to make a mark. Ever heard of Bali? It's one of Indonesia's many islands, and probably the only ''fairly'' popular one. You've also heard of the komodo dragon and orangutan, of course, both of which live in Indonesia. History buffs know about the Spice Islands, the source of cloves and other spices for which 16th-century explorers set sail -- today they are known as the Maluku Islands. Krakatoa, the great volcano that erupted in 1883 and (theoretically) caused a near-extinction event long before that? In Indonesia. Java, source of the English slang for coffee (and a programming language)? An island in Indonesia. The obscurity in most of the West is partly because, until after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the area was known as the East Indies (to be precise, Indonesia was the Dutch East Indies, UsefulNotes/{{Malaysia}} the British East Indies, the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} the Spanish East Indies, etc.). So "Indonesia" basically seemed to appear out of nowhere.[[note]]Of course, it actually didn't. In 1850, English ethnologist George Windsor Earl proposed, in his scientific paper "On The Leading Characteristics of the Papuan, Australian and Malay-Polynesian Nations", the terms ''Indunesians'' and ''Malayunesians'' to name the "inhabitants of the 'Indian [as in, East Indies] Archipelago or Malayan Archipelago'" while co-author and Earl's student James Richardson Logan used ''Indonesia'' as a synonym for "Indian Archipelago". The names became popular for the region after 1900, especially in academic circles, however not to the Dutch, who used their own names. Of course, Indonesian nationalists found a way to bash the Dutch and adopted this name for their nation as a way of affirming themselves politically.[[/note]]
28th Jun '17 7:44:20 AM anza_sb
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* Creator/JoeTaslim: Indonesian actor who practices martial arts, rising in popularity after his performance in ''Film/TheRaid'' and [[Film/TheRaid2Berandal its sequel]].
* Creator/RadityaDika: Indonesian comedy writer, actor, director, producer and stand-up comedian.

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* Creator/JoeTaslim: '''Creator/JoeTaslim''': Indonesian actor who practices martial arts, rising in popularity after his performance performances in ''Film/TheRaid'' and [[Film/TheRaid2Berandal its sequel]].
* Creator/RadityaDika: '''Creator/RadityaDika''': Indonesian comedy writer, actor, director, producer and stand-up comedian.
28th Jun '17 7:40:06 AM anza_sb
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* Creator/RadityaDika: Indonesian comedy writer, actor, director, producer and stand-up comedian; arguably the one who popularized the stand-up comedy format to the mainstream Indonesian media, among other things.

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* Creator/RadityaDika: Indonesian comedy writer, actor, director, producer and stand-up comedian; arguably the one who popularized the stand-up comedy format to the mainstream Indonesian media, among other things.comedian.
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