“Escaping the Homeland: Contesting Diasporic Narratives”

"Escaping the Homeland: Contesting Diasporic Narratives"



The 17th Northeastern Conference (NEC) on Indonesia, April 21, 2018 – Yale University
Rosenfeld Hall,  109 Grove Street, New Haven, CT

Guest speaker, Livi Zheng with YIF conference organizers

Over 6 million Indonesians live outside the country, with millions more estimated to have become citizens of others. According to the World Bank, the Indonesian diaspora contributed over $8 billion in remittances in 2017, making Indonesia among the highest recipients of remittances in the world. While the diaspora’s economic potential is clear, much less research has addressed their relationship with Indonesia, their adopted countries, and the fault lines of Indonesianness. Attempts to include diasporas into existing developmental practices is problematic as it tends to assume that diasporas share common interests with the development industry and homogenizes Indonesians of diverse legal statuses and heritages into a monolithic diaspora group.


08:30 – 09:30 a.m.           Registration, Breakfast and Coffee/Tea

Yale Indonesia Forum

09:30 – 09:50 a.m.  -  Opening and Welcome by co-chairs
09:40 – 09:50 a.m.  -  Opening Remarks                                      
09:50 – 09:55 a.m.  -  Introduction of Guest Speakers


Perspectives on the Theme:

09:55 – 10:25 a.m.

Dr. Rachel Silvey, Richard Charles Lee Director of the Asian Institute and Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto, Canada 

10:25 – 10:55 a.m. 

Consul General Abdul Kadir Jailani, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York, USA

10:55 – 11:25 a.m.

Livi Zheng, Producer, Director, and Actress specializing in action and martial arts films, USA: The Empire’s Throne (2013); Brush with Danger (2014); The Lost Soul (2016); Insight (2017); The Bull Race (2018)

11:25 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.   Dialogue with Guest Speakers
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.     Lunch         


(Yale Indonesia Forum and Cornell Indonesian Association)

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Art, Technology, and Diaspora (Moderator: Nicolas Wicaksono, Yale University)

“Indonesian Artists in the Diaspora”
Matt Cox, Art Gallery of New South Wales

“Online Socialization into Languages and Religion: Experiences of Transnational Indonesian-Muslim Families in the United States”
Artanti Puspita Sari, Ohio State University/Universitas PGRI Palembang

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.     Announcements, Concluding Remarks, and Closing


The Northeastern Conference (NEC) on Indonesia is an initiative of the Yale Indonesia Forum (YIF) and the Cornell Indonesia Student Association (CIA).  The 17th Northeastern Conference in New Haven is organized by the Yale Indonesia Forum and funded by the Council on Southeast Asia Studies (CSEAS) at Yale University.