HELLO Read­ers,

Indonesia Expat - - NEWS -

Au­gust is my favourite month in In­done­sia. The red and white which drapes the side of ev­ery street in Jakarta slowly grows at the end of July be­fore reach­ing fever pitch on Au­gust 17 when the coun­try cel­e­brates In­de­pen­dence Day. The day is spent with com­mu­ni­ties com­ing to­gether to play tra­di­tional games, share in food and re­flect on the val­ues and his­tory that make this coun­try great. This year also marks an­other mile­stone – the 50th an­niver­sary of the for­ma­tion of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions. While ASEAN would be un­recog­nis­able now to its found­ing fa­thers, the bloc is vi­tal to the re­gion. In­done­sia was a found­ing mem­ber of the group and is rightly cel­e­brat­ing its place in his­tory. This is­sue we take a look at the past – and the fu­ture – for ASEAN.

We’re ex­cited to bring you the best places to treat your­self to an au­then­tic In­done­sian dish, cel­e­brate at one of the coun­try’s amuse­ment parks or even stay in for some de­li­cious home-made duck tacos. How­ever you choose to spend your In­de­pen­dence Day hol­i­day we wish you a happy one.

See you next time,

Erin Cook

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