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Old 09-06-2012, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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It's the fourth most populous country in the world, after India, China, and the U.S., with over 237 million people - about the same as the U.S. in 1990. Yet you almost never hear about it, even in the international media, or documentaries, or the stories of travelers, etc. I suppose there's Bali, but that's it. It's definitely the largest country that I know the least about - I can only name three cities from it off-hand (Medan, Jakarta, and Surabaya), and that's only because my memory was refreshed by seeing a list of the largest cities in the world.

Why does Indonesia get so little attention?
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:17 AM
 
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Well the OP is from America so the coverage of Indonesia is less than here in Australia. Most of the stories regarding Indonesia here is Bali and it not just about the vacation there but where Australians are in prison or on trial for drug offences there. In fact there is a lot of coverage on that aspect. Also what gets a lot of coverage is the refugee asylum boat people that arrive in Indonesia from the Middle East in order to travel to Australia by boat to claim asylum.

Not many people know about Indonesian politics and the only real coverage people here get of the political process is during Indonesian elections.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:59 AM
 
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I think Bali gets the most attention in the USA as a vacation destination and only other news that I have heard about Indonesia in the USA is when there have been natural disasters (earthquakes mainly) there.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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There are all sorts of things that amaze me about Indonesia, most of all however, its a poor country, most its people live on one very crowded island (Java has close to 1/2 the population of the USA living in an area about the same size as North Carolina!) and its surrounded by much richer countries (Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brueni) you would think they would be running for the borders like Mexicans, but they dont

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Old 09-07-2012, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It would be a great place to invest. The Indonesia Fund (IF) has fully recovered from its 2008 levels, while India Fund (INF) hasn't even made half of it back. In 2006, the Indonesian stock exchange recorded the largest gain in the world.

Indonesia is a wonderful place to visit, nicer than Thailand (in my opinion), but it is virtually impossible to extend a visa for longer than 60 days and you have to keep flying out on visa runs if you wanted to stay there very long. Nominally Muslim, they are not very devout and Islam is not very conspicuous. Very strong on women's rights and social equality.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:19 PM
 
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It would be a great place to invest. The Indonesia Fund (IF) has fully recovered from its 2008 levels, while India Fund (INF) hasn't even made half of it back. In 2006, the Indonesian stock exchange recorded the largest gain in the world.

Indonesia is a wonderful place to visit, nicer than Thailand (in my opinion), but it is virtually impossible to extend a visa for longer than 60 days and you have to keep flying out on visa runs if you wanted to stay there very long. Nominally Muslim, they are not very devout and Islam is not very conspicuous. Very strong on women's rights and social equality.
Most of the population is muslim, yet there are many Indoesians are devout. In the Indonesian province of Aceh there are laws there that follow the strict interpretation of Sharia law where if there is inappropriate contact between males and females would get a public flogging.

Here is a article on a female dissident regading the practise of the strict interpretation of Sharia law:

Sharia law also forbids women from singing and dancing, which are judged to be overly amorous. “Sharia is very difficult for women to adhere to, as it applies to all areas of life: clothing, behavior in public, a way of being around men, a curfew at night,” says Donna, the director of the Solidaritas Perempuan association. A believer as well as a fervent feminist, Donna does not wear the obligatory veil, despite numerous arrests and reprimand.
In Indonesia’s Aceh, Islamic Sharia Law Is Applied Harshly And Hypocritically - Worldcrunch - All News is Global

However Aceh is the most religious region in Indonesia and always been that way. Most muslim Indonesians would not welcome the strict interpretation of the Sharia law. It would certainly not be welcomed by Indonesian Christians, Buddhist and Hindus.

Even so Indonesia is largely a muslim nation it still has a large Christian minority and there are more Christians in Indonesia than Australia. There are areas of Eastern Indonesia were Christians are a majority of the population. In Bali it is mostly Hindu. Buddhists are usually followed by Ethnic Chinese.

Ethnic Chinese are mostly Buddhist and Christian. Yet a small minority are muslim and as well as others that are followers of other traditional Chinese beliefs. They represent 5% of Indonesia population and in the past few centuries they have largely dominated Indonesia wealth. These days a large proportion of wealth is still dominated by the ethnic Chinese even though the gap between the Chinese and rich Indigenous Indonesians has narrowed.

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Old 09-07-2012, 06:50 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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We hear about it more here, but even then, it's funny how Bali and maybe Lombok are the only places that Australians usually go on holiday to. There are a lot of Indonesian immigrants here in Western Australia, however, and they often go back to Java to see family etc. There's quite a few Indonesian restaurants too, one of my favourite cuisines. You're missing out if you haven't tried a good satay, fried chicken, nasi goreng or beef rendang.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:41 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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It's the fourth most populous country in the world, after India, China, and the U.S., with over 237 million people - about the same as the U.S. in 1990. Yet you almost never hear about it, even in the international media, or documentaries, or the stories of travelers, etc. I suppose there's Bali, but that's it. It's definitely the largest country that I know the least about - I can only name three cities from it off-hand (Medan, Jakarta, and Surabaya), and that's only because my memory was refreshed by seeing a list of the largest cities in the world.

Why does Indonesia get so little attention?
Indonesia is in the news. When there are religious clashes, tsunamis (), political issues, deforestation and tropical hardwood poaching. The US gets some of its oil from Indonesia. It's in the news, you just have to pay attention.
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