Aussie Lingo

Aussie Lingo

Australian English is different from British and American English in that it has a bias towards invention, deception, profanity, humour and a classless society. The story of Australian language, from 1788 to the present day, is actually the story of the Australian nation. Kel Richards, author of the book, The Story of Australian English, explained,…

Indonesia Meets Australia

Indonesia Meets Australia

On 24 January 2017 I was Invited to speak at a Business Sundowner organised by a new body, Access Indonesia Australia, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Perth, Western Australia. The theme was Bilateral Competence in Indonesia Australia Business Partnership. To me, Indonesia and Australia relationship topic has become like a broken record…

Meeting Dr. Milton Bennett

Meeting Dr. Milton Bennett

I finally met Dr. Milton Bennet at the Second Asia Pacific International Forum: Intercultural and Global Citizenship Education in March 2016 in Perth, Australia. It felt so bizarre cause I just met Dr. Janet Bennett in January 2016 in Groningen, the Netherlands. Dr. Milton Bennet is the creator of The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity…

Meeting Dr. Janet Bennett

Meeting Dr. Janet Bennett

Attending Dr. Janet Bennett’s Public lecture on ‘Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World: Intercultural Competence for Social Justice’ at University of Groningen on 13 January 2016 is the highlight of my visit to Groningen, in The Netherlands. Dr. Janet Bennett is executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute and chair of the ICI/University of the Pacific…

The Rise of Muslim Pop Culture in Indonesia

The Rise of Muslim Pop Culture in Indonesia

Indonesia is often overlooked or misrepresented in media discourses about Islam. Islam has been the dominant religion in Indonesia for centuries, but during the three decades of Mr. Suharto’s rule the government tried to contain Islamic movements. After the fall of Suharto, Indonesia has evolved into a democracy. With increased political rights has come an…

Confucianism, the Singaporean Way of Life

Confucianism, the Singaporean Way of Life

The World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) rank Singapore number one in the world for ease of doing business. Competitive tax rates and a strategic location make it a preferred destination for businesses looking to expand in the Asia Pacific region that is on the tip of an economic boom. Lots of companies opting…