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Reader riposte: Obama-mania in Indonesia

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

28 November 2008 11:24

Ben Davis writes: 

Just read Fergus Hanson's piece on Indonesia's response to Obama's election, and I must say the print media also seems to be quite the Obama fan. Calling him the 'anak Menteng' ('Menteng kid'), his time in Indonesia has encouraged a sense of fondness and hope among the majority of Indonesians. Check out this Facebook group, for example.

The academic community is interpreting Obama's win as hope for the future — possibly an improved US-Indonesian relationship. But interestingly, Obama's victory has also been an inspiration for the youth of Indonesia and the 'orang kecil' (lit. 'little people'; ordinary people).

On the funnier side, the Indonesian print media widely reported that Obama was keen to return to Indonesia and that he missed some Indonesian favourites; nasi goreng, rambutan and Bakso. Imagine the excitement if Obama was to speak bahasa in Jakarta next year just as Rudd spoke Mandarin when he was in China?