Tempo English Weekly

Monday, October 09, 2017

Three Poets In Lekra

Poetry flourished in the Indonesia of the 1960s, and poets under Lekra (the Institute for People's Culturean organization affiliated with the Indonesian Communist Party) were among the country's most prolific people of letters. At the 1963 Lekra National Conference in Medan, North Sumatra, the organizationfounded on August 17, 1950reported that throughout the organization's 12-year cultural engagement, Lekra's men and women of letters were most productive as writers of poetry, compared…

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Java Holds the Key

HASTO Kristiyanto stopped for a moment as he was about to take a sip from his mineral water in Tempo’s editorial meeting room last Friday. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general apologized for his petai, or stinky bean, breath. "Last night I was served stinky-bean fried rice by the President.