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Seeing Beauty, Sensing Race in Transnational Indonesia
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Seeing Beauty, Sensing Race in Transnational Indonesia

L. Ayu Saraswati


In Indonesia, light skin color has been desirable throughout recorded history. This book explores Indonesia's changing beauty ideals and traces them to a number of influences: first to ninth-century India and some of the oldest surviving Indonesian literary works; then, a thousand years later, to the impact of Dutch colonialism and the wartime occupation of Japan; and finally, in the post-colonial period, to the popularity of American culture. The book shows how the transnational circulation of people, images, and ideas have shaped and shifted discourses and hierarchies of race, gender, skin c ... More

Keywords: race, Indonesia, beauty ideals, gender, skin color, Ramayana, Indonesian women, racialization, rasa, malu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836641
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836641.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. Ayu Saraswati, author
University of Hawai'i at Manoa