Sunday, 25 June 2017

JAKARTA KID



Below: The story of the Jakarta Kid

1. JAKARTA: SIX DEGREES SOUTH
Why Indonesia?
Adventure, discovery, love, waifs and strays
One of the world's great hot steamy cities
Three bedroom house .



2. NIGHT AND DAY
Gamesman's Bar
Pop Gun
The Bintang Disco
The Ranamok and the J Bar Bogor



3. THE HILL TOWN OF BOGOR
Budi
Doctor
Carmen
Brother John

The Third World



4 THE HIGHLAND CITY OF BANDUNG
Minor scrapes on the road to Bandung
Abdul
His father's taken up with another woman
The Savoy
Where can the child stay?




5. TWO WEDDINGS
Budi
Asep and a wedding
Five star wedding

6. ONE HAND AND HIS MOTHER
Transmigration
Anne, Bob and Pauline in Menteng

7. BANGBANG ON JALAN SUDIRMANDr. Joseph
What would Bangbang's parents say?
Asep and Eddy
Eddy, Budy, Piste Top Bar




8. PELABUHAN RATU GIVES ME BAD VIBES
The Staffroom
The Samudra Beach Hotel and a warung
Rachman
Budi

9 SINGAPORE AND JOHOR BARU
Singapore
Malay Singaporeans

10. FOUND IN KEBAYORAN LAMA
Dipo Hospital
Jiwa Hospital

Doctor Bahari's clinic



11. DOCTOR JOSEPH
Golden Truly supermarket
Staffroom

Min

12 THE HAVE A NICE DAY HOTEL
Eddy, Andi, Asep and a little girl
Dunia Fantasi
Daus .

53 ISLAMIC BOARDING SCHOOL
Saib
Saib; Ibu Tien .



54 FIRDAUS SQUEEZED MY HAND
Firdaus
Americans

55. FAJAR AND THE LITTLE STREET MUSICIANS
Firdaus in the children's ward
Fajar, Ali, Dikin, Min, Fergus and Megawati
Carmen



56. MEGAWATI AND RIOTS
Parung
Megawati; Plots .

57 NEIGHBOURHOOD CHIEF
Dede and Chandra
Chandra; Novi

58 DENGKLOK - Lady Living on the Street; Child With No Anus
Dengklok
Parung; Jasmin; Dengklok Riots .



59. THE ROAD TO CICURUG
Jasmin; Plantations; Dekker; Bayou
Elections

60. ELECTIONS AND TESTICLES
Bayou, Min, Iwan, Economic Crisis, Elephantiasis, ... .

61. STRESS
Mukhlas
Christmas, Min in Lamaya, Imah

62. KAMPUNG; SABAN
Aryo's Heart; Min's Rice Field; Dancow .



63. MAY RIOTS
Riots in Jakarta, May 1998


64. KUALA LUMPUR
Suharto, Prabowo and Wiranto .

65 AGUNG
Ninjas, Suli, Hari, Saryun, John, Anne, Agung

66. NINJAS

67. DESTABILISATION

68. CHANGE


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jakartakid.blogspot has shorter chapters.
jakarta-kid.blogspot has longer chapters.

Longer CHAPTERS

1. JAKARTA: SIX DEGREES SOUTH
2. NIGHT AND DAY
3. THE HILL TOWN OF BOGOR
4 THE HIGHLAND CITY OF BANDUNG
5. TWO WEDDINGS .










6 comments:

  1. Heartbreaking images in the short film. So much to take in, will read more and comment in time.

    Thanks.

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  2. I've started reading from chapter 1. I tried to comment on the old posts but the Captur thingy didn't seem to believe I was human and kept showing pix of roads :) Perhaps it knows something I don't ...

    Whatever. I'll continue to read and comment here.

    Thanks for the irfan.

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  3. Fascinating and many similarities with my life, including Sunday School, attitude to kids, educator, outsider, wanting to change things for the better and coming up against the inertia of traditions and ignorance for a start.

    I was surprised at first (meaning I didn't expect the narrqative to go there) over the problems you had with the kid and families re hospitals, and I can see how upsetting it must have been. I know that feeling.

    One thought before bed. While at Sunday School I sat a scripture exam in 1968 and in '69. I don't know if we were in roughly the same age cohort, but wondered if you took the same while at SS? There's no need to answer.

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  4. All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography.

    J. M. Coetzee

    After reading the next three chapters, it's clear this is a very moving travelogue and the difficulties of transcending the gulf in cultures, finances and perspectives with the locals are powerfully evoked.

    Although the disparity between your Western educated expectations of what a child's health and future should be and that of the locals you met is vast, this situation occurs albeit less pronounced in the UK definitely.

    Of course we should remember that once basic needs such as clean water, sewage treatment systems, decent housing, adequate food and personal security are met, the Western system of medicine and healthcare probably kills as many as it helps, certainly as practiced in the USA.

    I can't say I envy you the moral dilemmas you describe, yet these issues must be hard to avoid when living in very different society. Especially if one is sensitive and blessed with so much empathy it's almost impossibe to shut out human suffering at close quarters.

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