Recounting stories that seemed to equate suffering with female gender troubled her and prompted her question that politicized the migration process, which until that point, remained an economically-driven process. In colonial times, Europeans came to Southeast Asia in search of wealth and power and ultimately to distinguish themselves from those in the homeland Stoler Traffic also allows for an exclusive space of expertise and a contentious site for the struggle of modernity. Their interpretations of class, politics of space, and economic injustice were told through their stories of suffering, triumph, and humour. The interviewees were curious about the kind of consent process I described as being common and often mandatory in Canadian universities, and they asked why my university required this. During my visits to Jakarta in , , and , whenever I travelled in the city with Ibu Lana, she always insisted on taking a Blue Bird taxi. Two of them let me or asked me to stay at their homes over an extended period, usually for a few days at a time.
I could not help but consider their openness as a metaphor for their returnee experience. I believed that the interviewees could and wanted to tell me more. It was difficult to get a fully developed answer to the question, but as our relationships developed, I waited for the answers to come out in the sharing of our lives, and for unexpected terrain to open up. Ibu Tineke Hellwig was a delightful interviewee, and also read earlier drafts of this dissertation with great care. We were under constant surveillance of each other and of the house staff and making sure people like us were living with us. They know what migrants go through both overseas and at home. A small light bulb lights the entire passenger compartment, or it could be funky disco neon lights, which may have been installed to, perhaps, cheer up the passengers or himself.
Many transportation operators do not know how to use GPS, though it could be provided by their employer. The chance encounter was not to the level of finding jodoh 84 life partnerbut people looked for the right match, in terms of, at least, expected prices and services.
Over time, their jalaann have moved along different trajectories, and the only thing that truly connects the two of them is the shared memory and, most importantly, the shared identity of migrant worker, or TKI. How did you ask? I could buy vegetables from the street vendors here whose carts were filled with goods purchased from the local market in the wee hours of the morning.
In such situations, I tried to make detailed notes right after the conversation. I was curious how they were reimagining and reconstructing it. In other words, it was not her Indonesian identity, but the urban migrant worker identity that helped episofe with the transition to Jakarta.
Mbak Efa said she used to choose her angkot26 based on the appearance of a driver and did not get in unless there were women inside. I love Woo Bin! I’m the main character! Many of the young Indonesians who I spoke to expressed annoyance with the comments of their elders in regard to marriage expectations and they often continue to remain single, though they openly and strongly acknowledge the importance of having a family eventually.
The initial conversations were casual but I soon realized that the interviewees tended to be formal and would deliver prepared comments in proper Indonesian. The sound of rain is deafening as it becomes a foreboding signal of things to come.
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We explained that this house is for helping them [migrant workers] with problems. The stories were not necessarily consistent, but they were decisively colourful and dynamic. jxlanan
Her years of experience as a mother, wife, maid and activist have made her appear confident, friendly and peaceful. In other words, storytelling in and of itself became sientron experience that constructed the present for Mbak Efa, and as I recall, changed the direction of our conversation into gender equality, rural development, and education.
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When I first epiode at a boarding house in Jakarta inEpisoe became friends with everyone who lived on my floor. Building on HarawayCollinsand VisweswaranI proposed a revised ontology where individuals with various standpoints converge and negotiate the idea of shared space, and go beyond the valorized notion of experience see Scott Everyone, including my friends, taxi drivers and food vendors I spoke to on the street, attributed this change to Jakarta to the recently-jailed governor Ahok, also known as Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
The responsibilities of the researcher must be conversant in the local culture to avoid using methods of inquiry that could end up being offensive, which could also result in interpretations of the data reinforcing negative stereotypes of ajlanan migrant returnee community.
However, none of my interviewees were interested in them23 and all lived in kampung. Some of my fellow PhD students were concerned about how I maintained contact with the interviewees after the fieldwork period.
If migrants tend to claim particular spaces within cities, their role as the force of modernity and progress, and their knowledge-seeking, knowledge enabling activities in Jakarta would show such urban, social, cultural transformation in the Indonesian or Global South context. This has fed into the cultural memory of domestic workers in Indonesia and their presence as an essential element of a household, which has shaped practices and norms around their employment and conditions thereof.
Ternyata masyarakatnya nggak masalah, Oke! These activists defiantly and subversively call on the Indonesian state to respond to its failure to protect and provide for migrant workers. In any case, I functioned representing Western academia, and as a jalanqn subject associated with two economic powers—Canada and South Korea—and thus, I was a kind of gender and class that was differently constructed and foreign.
In most cases, I met them at their homes and workplaces episoce multiple occasions and continued our initial conversation.
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See the kampong section in the Jakarta chapter for more discussion. Jakarta in its nature is a city of internal migrants.
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Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong It was difficult to get a fully developed answer to the question, but as our relationships developed, I waited for the answers to come out in the sharing of our lives, and for unexpected terrain to open up. Aku menatap langit, sebentar lagi aku akan meninggalkan Indonesia, memulai perjuangan untuk kehidupan baru. Mereka masih di Malang ya?
Elsewhere, weather may be the topic: Ibu Lana said to me repeatedly I would not have to worry about floods in her area of Rawamangun and showed me pictures of her and her husband from a few years ago going out to help neighbours whose houses were flooded. Karena apa, keluarga saya marah ketika saya jadi TKI. I could buy rice porridge from the lady who lived five houses down from mine, or a half-blind old man who sometimes showed up at the nearby school complex entrance. Appa, omma, I promise this is the last time I will be a full-time student.
Photo courtesy of Ida Raihan. The courses I took helped me reclaim my curiosity lost during the high school years. Scott has always called me sister and pronounced my name right. Tp sperti yg kita tau, tubuh Naraku meskipun hancur ia tak bisa mati. Perhaps it was the TV in every room or unlimited wi-fi in the house.
When the recorder was off, I asked impromptu questions and as soon as we were not interviewing, and merely chatting, the women more freely shared their ideas and feelings and were able to have free-flowing conversations with me.