The Indonesian government is increasingly paying attention to its citizens abroad, viewing Indonesian migrants as a crucial part of enhancing bilateral relationships.
Although traditional patterns of migration were dominated by men, the majority of Indonesian migrants are now women. What motivates Indonesians to migrate? And how do women, in particular, maintain links with Indonesia? What role is played by cultural performances in enhancing ties with both Indonesia and their host countries?
In this edition of Talking Indonesia, I discuss these issues and more with Dr Monika Winarnita, research fellow at the University of Victoria in Canada. Dr Winarnita is the author of Dancing the Feminine: Gender and Identity Performances by Indonesian Migrant Women.
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Photo by Monika Winarnita.