Indonesia: Conversation

2015-06-12

Welcome Topics of Conversation

General Guidelines

Two of the great social changes that have occurred since the Asian economic crisis and the fall of President Suharto are freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Indonesians are quite open in expressing their opinions about many controversial topics. You as a guest, however, should avoid controversial topics or criticisms. Acceptable topics include :

the weather

family

travel/tourism

sports

food/praising the local cuisine

future plans of the group or organization

the success of the group or organization

anecdotes about your attempts to learn Bahasa Indonesia

current events in general

Topics to Avoid

Indonesia’s human rights record

bureaucracy

corruption

military influence

criticism of Indonesian ways

commenting on Indonesian customs that you find peculiar

religion

personal success

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