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I was interviewed by SBS Radio Australia on 21 April 2011, which is Kartini Day in Indonesia. Kartini is our national heroine, symbol of women's emancipation.

They feature me as an Indonesian woman who chooses to become a trailing wife, raises two kids in the Indonesian language (although married to a foreigner and live abroad) and at the same time (tries) to take her writing hobby to a more serious level.

On the first part, I talk about what it means to be a trailing wife (both positive and negative consequences), how I cope with this often misunderstood life (it's more struggle than glamour). Second part is about multilingual parenting, with emphasize in raising kids in the Indonesian language, with some brief tips.

I do hope this interview will encourage my fellow countrymen to keep their efforts in consistently speaking vernacular to their children. 

We, women and mothers,  also have to remember that we always have a  choice in life and should not let anybody belittle our role.

The interview is in the Indonesian Language.

Click here to listen

For some reasons, I've been feeling a bit demotivated these past few weeks, but hey, the interview had cheered me up! I should really kick my a## to get back to writiing.


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Apr. 28th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)

Yes, please! :)

Apr. 28th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
Ah, shame on me :D!
Apr. 28th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yeay ! What a way to bring your spirit back up :)
Apr. 28th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
The interview was rather unexpected, but hey, I should really finish sorting some things out and get back to 'work'.
Apr. 28th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Hello! I've been reading your blog during the past year and thought I'd comment today. Thanks for being pretty open with your technique on teaching languages to your children and your writing. I really look forward to more posts in the future. Congrats on the interview!

Apr. 28th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome. Glad you find it useful!
Apr. 29th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
I don't know about glamorous but you definite are awesome and famous :). And yes, thought I'm too far away to kick asses, I bet even without such an intervention on my part (:)) you will write many informative and moving posts, as well as a great number of books.

I'm sorry your interview in Bahasa Indonesia is beyond me.
Apr. 29th, 2011 07:29 am (UTC)
I guess this is Colson, the one who never failed to indulge a despo lady? Thank you. Writing manuscripts is one thing, having a publisher who wants to convert them into books is another thing :D
Apr. 29th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Writing manuscripts is one thing
"Writing manuscripts is one thing..."
What is it you are writing? May I know? Am courious.
This is another anonymous.
Apr. 29th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Writing manuscripts is one thing
As always, the topic of my writing, fiction or not, is something most my fellow countrymen don't yet comprehend. This means, in current situation no publishers are willing to take any risk in printing and distributing books with topics like mine.

I should learn to write things which are more commonly understood by the Indonesian majority. Or, I write something in English. I'm currently kicking my own b*tt on those two last points and don't know yet when the (best) result will come.
Apr. 29th, 2011 09:36 am (UTC)
Well you're right. Just clumsy old me. I'm sorry the comment was with typos included and signature excluded. But I meant every word I wrote.

Apr. 29th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Not clumsy at all, Jerry! And I can feel your words, no worries!
May. 4th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
You definitely should try to have your books published in English. From some remark made by Dian I understood that perhaps you write good stuff which may be too spicy for the Indonesian market, but would be welcomed in the English speaking world.

May. 4th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
I still need to improve my writing craft plus work hard in writing English! I need more style, vocabs, grammar, you name it! Thanks, Jerry!
May. 18th, 2011 07:54 am (UTC)
Part of My Adventerous Puzzle
Great to hear Indonesia woman taking apart abroad, I've posted an article recalling Kartini Day, a phrase of content to tell about "Searching of New Kartini" to make a move of our beloved Indonesia. I guess I've already found one of them, she's you. :)
Keep going on
May. 18th, 2011 07:58 am (UTC)
Re: Part of My Adventerous Puzzle
Thank you, Anon :D
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