In the following video Asialink asks writer and lecturer Max Lane the following questions:
1. Please introduce your new book, ‘Unfinished Nation’ and explain your motivations for writing it.
2. (30’’) Please detail your personal participation with the People’s Democratic Party in the mid 1990s.
3. (1’12’’) Can you explain the importance of ‘aksi’ (political action) in the fall of General Suharto?
4. (3’42’’) To what extent is ‘aksi’ still alive in Indonesia, and in what manifestations?
5. (5’23’’) In your view, what are three key characteristics of Indonesia’s current Party system that outsiders should understand?
6. (8’22’’) What about political action outside the parliamentary sphere?
Max Lane spoke to Asialink prior to his lecture for the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne, on Thursday 15th April.
Max Lane is a writer and lecturer on Indonesian politics, history and literature and Southeast Asian affairs. He has published (in both English and Indonesian) a high-profile text on modern Indonesia (Unfinished Nation: Indonesia before and after Suharto, Verso, 2008), translated the works of Indonesia’s most important writer (Pramoedya Ananta Toer) and its most important dramatist (W.S.Rendra) , and lectured in university courses at universities in the region, including the University of Sydney and Gadjah Madah University in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
For more information on Max, visit maxlaneonline.com/