Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

‘You can come from nowhere and become somebody here’ (Jakarta, Indonesia)

“It’s a frenetic capital city where tea and golf are key to getting ahead — and where your neighbour might own a pet tiger.

Behind the chaotic bumper-to-bumper traffic, glass-walled skyscrapers and narrow streets of closely packed houses, Jakarta provides a fascinating introduction to Indonesia’s diversity.

The country’s capital is both a city of great wealth, where the well-to-do employ drivers and domestic staff, wear European designer clothing and might keep a tiger as a pet, but also of extreme poverty.”

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