Indonesia is a semi-annual journal devoted to the timely study of Indonesia's culture, history, government, economy, and society. It features original scholarly articles, interviews, translations, and book reviews. Published since April 1966, the journal provides area scholars and interested readers with contemporary analyses of Indonesia and an extensive archive of research pertaining to the nation and region. The journal is published by Cornell University's Southeast Asia Program.

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Volume 53

Publication Date: April 1992

Editorial Note, Indonesia, volume 53, (April 1992)

Table of Contents, Indonesia, volume 53, (April 1992)

Ornamentation and Originality: Involution in Javanese Batik

Philip Kitley; 1-19

The Badhaya Katawang: A Translation of the Song of Kangjeng Ratu Kidul

Nancy Florida; 21-32

Chinese Doctors in the Dutch East Indies: Social Mobility among an Ethnic Trading Minority in a Colonial Society

H. Schijf and B. A. M. The; 33-50


Pramoedya Ananta Toer; 51-64

Tan Malaka

Just as Artisans, When Gathered Together: A Review Article

Rudolf Mrázek; 65-70

Tan Malaka's Arrest: An Eye-Witness Account

Aboe Bakar Loebis; 71-78

Land Disputes in Indonesia: Some Current Perspectives

Anton Lucas; 79-92

Current Data on the Indonesian Military Elite: July 1, 1989 -- January 1 1992

The Editors; 93-136

Documents Relating to the Forum for Realizing the True Sovereignty of the People

Why I Didn't Set Up My Own Business

Idrus; 165-168


Glass House, Takashi Shiraishi, and Indonesian Studies in Motion: A Review

Rudolf Mrázek; 169-175

Review of The Southeast Asian Port and Polity: Rise and Demise

Carl A. Trocki; 177-180

Contributors, Indonesia, volume 53, (April 1992)