By Utami Kusumawati
It was the lowest moment in her life. Khamisa Abdulla was tired of everything. She felt constantly nauseous and wanted only to sleep.
She and her seven children had been struggling to live in Cairo, where they had been waiting for almost two years to hear about their application for refugee status. The family had fled war-torn Sudan in 1998 and now were in limbo in Egypt.
“I didn’t know whether my husband was still alive or not,” Abdulla said. “It was so hard living there because people started to take advantage once they knew you were refugees.”
By Utami Kusumawati
While being held captive by the Islamic State, Shireen Jardo Ibrahim wanted to end her life.
The young Yazidi woman who now lives in Lincoln said she could no longer bear the torture, frustration and humiliation of being an ISIS slave for nine months.
“I just hated myself and wanted to commit suicide,” she said through an interpreter.
Even after escaping ISIS and finding relative safety in a refugee camp, Ibrahim still thought about suicide.
Utami Diah Kusumawati, Contributor, Jakarta | Culture | Tue, May 06 2014, 12:41 PM
Kris have been forged from iron by master craftsmen, known locally as empu, for hundreds of years.
Creation of the daggers, sacred to people in Indonesia, Malaysia and even parts of the Philippines, involved complex rituals to boost their connection with the spirit world and to put magic power into the hands of those who carried them.
Today, however, many view a kris as a work of art, divorced from the local wisdom and philosophy of the empu. The Panji Nusantara kris community would like to change that, according to Toni Junus, the author of Kris: An Interpretation.
Toni said that the local wisdom embodied in kris remained under threat. Religious fanaticism, for example, has led some separate the sacred daggers from the spiritual values infusing those who made or owned them.
The community, founded in 2005 after UNESCO recognized the daggers, wants to reposition the kris in line with contemporary thought and religion.
The government’s plan to allow local alcoholic beverage makers to expand their capacities will not solve the shortage supply problem and cope with country’s reliance on imports, says the Indonesian Employers Association.
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By Utami Diah Kusumawati
Having born and raised in the states does not make Patricia Nangkal, or also known as TwishHoney, forgets her Asian roots.
“My father is from Bangkok, Thailand. An interesting value that has resonated with me is the saying,’Sabai-Sabai’, which means what will be will be,” she said, adding that Sabai-Sabai was a lifestyle embedded in the Thai culture meaning happiness in a multitude of layers including physical wellness, tranquility and contentment.
Nangkal said adopting Thailand lifestyle had impacted her in a more positive way. Calmness and inner peace came when she surrendered herself to what was coming along her way.
A heated debate is being waged on Twitter about the newly hired lead technology writer for the New York Times, Sarah Jeong. Conservatives brought attention to her tweets which made sarcastic remarks about Whites. Public outrage followed.
Liam Emsa @LiamEmsa tweeted that he ‘can not support @nytimes if the editorial board has someone on it who feels it’s OK to make blanket bigoted statements about an entire race.
By Utami D. Kusumawati
The growth in the population of Asian Americans in King County in Washington is outpacing all other races, reports The Seattle Times.
The newest data released by the U.S Census Bureau shows the county is becoming more diverse with the number of minorities increasing significantly.
By Utami Diah Kusumawati
Chinese American novelist Iris Yang released her first novel, “Wings of a Flying Tiger”, just last month.
The novel, published by Open Books, centers around heroism and romance in which Chinese villagers rescue the life of a dying American pilot. The novel as reported by Xinhua News has been well-received by Chinese readers and is also a best-seller in the United States.
Despite growing up as the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants who entered the United States by boat, Jeannie Mai never felt ashamed of her background.
Instead, she set a high bar for herself, to successfully bring out her exuberant personality and bold fashion style in the US.