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I interviewed a group of around 20 students in a provate school where they learn in Indonesian and English, mostly mixed backgrounds, a few European background, all bright. I asked what they’d like adults to think about: (boys) corruption like police take bribes especially from non-Indonesians, punishment for pot shouldn’t be 10 years in jail, and business development should be encouraged. The girls said more money for education, enabling the disabled to go to school, corruption, poverty, and by the 21st c. we shouldn’t have to deal with racism and sexism.

They think their parents are less strict than their grandparents. With the Internet, kids see things their parents don’t know. Indonesians show more respect to elders, use more formal language with them than with peers (this is also true of caste; the sudras speak a less formal language than Brahmins)

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