Veterans and youth (part three)

Yesterday, I got a text message from a good friend in Dili, sharing how exasperated she was about plagiarism amongst the students at the university where she teaches. What seems like a problem in one local classroom reverberates throughout nation-building and democratization processes at a global scale. It is not the students’ fault. As the Malay pepatah goes: “Guru kencing berdiri, murid kencing berlari.”

Twenty years after independence, militarized masculinities continue to dominate. The narrative that the armed front (frente armada) and not the frente clandestina and frente diplomatica) won the war continues to dominate…

Joy Siapno

Visual storyteller, Southeast Asian historian, https://berkeley.academia.edu/JacquelineSiapno

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