Indonesia history and Java culture

This video covers the history and diverse cultural heritage of the island of Java in Indonesia, up to the present era. It is an interview with Professor Walter L. Williams, based on his book JAVANESE LIVES: WOMEN AND MEN IN MODERN INDONESIAN SOCIETY, published by Rutgers University Press.

Dr. Williams did the research for this book along with a team of Indonesian graduate students in his seminar, while he was Fulbright Professor at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia’s oldest and largest university. They interviewed elderly Javanese men and women, of all classes and diverse backgrounds, about their memories.

This video covers the animist, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian religious influences on the culture of Java, and the memories of these people from their childhood during the Dutch colonial era, the Japanese occupation in World War II, the Indonesian Revolution, and the presidencies of Sukarno and Suharto.

Dr. Willians presents a short survey of Java’s fascinating history and culture through the perspectives of the people themselves.

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