Mediating Asia| Mediating Indonesia: The Slow Emergence of a Young Nation -- Commentary
This commentary argues that the story of Indonesia’s rise since the turn of the millennium has remained largely untold. Little is known about the country and its people to an outside world far more awed with the rapid rise of China and India. This is a problem of the way Indonesia is being mediated, both at home and globally. But change is coming. Democracy, and the freedoms that come with it, has unleashed the creativity and energy of the young nation to begin to assert itself in the world, aided by the steady economic growth since the beginning of the millennium. The mediating of Indonesia will develop accordingly, with more Indonesians now directly engaging in the national conversation, and with it, the sense of nationhood is growing stronger.