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Locating Life StoriesBeyond East-West Binaries in (Auto)Biographical Studies$
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Maureen Perkins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837303

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837303.001.0001

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Writing Lives in Exile: Autobiographies of the Indonesian Left Abroad

Writing Lives in Exile: Autobiographies of the Indonesian Left Abroad

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(p.215) Writing Lives in Exile: Autobiographies of the Indonesian Left Abroad
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Locating Life Stories
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David T. Hill

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824837303.003.0011

This chapter discusses the accounts of Asahan Alam and his oldest daughter, Ibarruri Putri. The personal histories/autobiographies of Asahan and Ibarruri are different from the Indonesian population at large since they had lived all of their adult lives in exile. While they had access to their nation's literature through haphazardly acquired or borrowed publications, occasional library collections, and the internet, to all intents and purposes they spent their adult lives separated from their homeland, its literature, and culture. They lived in, and moved though, a variety of non-Indonesian cultures, developing linguistic fluency and literary familiarity with host societies and cultures that included Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Dutch, and French.

Keywords:   exile, non-Indonesian cultures, library collections, linguistic fluency

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