Saturday, April 4, 2009

Paradise Lost?

Having visited the island many times over the last 15 years, Emma Tom, the author of this book, went to Bali in 2006 to report on what it's NOW like to be an Australian in Bali. With tourist arrivals from Australia falling by half over the last year it is clear many Australians are no longer comfortable visiting what for thousands was a favourite holiday destination. But how have Australians imagined and used Bali in the past and what is likely to be the future relationship between Australians, the Balinese and their Javanese masters? And after terrorist attacks, The Bali Nine, Schapelle Corby, and calls for seccession from Indonesia from within, what are the Balinese NOW thinking of Australians and the future?

"Bali: Paradise Lost?" by Emma Tom, ISBN 186403 353 3 RRP $17.95