Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: January 11, 2013
To: All LATTICE members and friends


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #528

TO: ALL LATTICE Members and Friends:

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Director
  2. LATTICE “Holiday” Potluck at Lynn and Tom Bartley’s Home
  3. LATTICE Book Club Announcement
  4. Prof. Jack Schwille’s Letter from Indonesia
  5. Teacher Opportunities - 2013

    1. Message from LATTICE Director
    Greetings LATTICE Family,
    Happy New Year to you, and I hope those that just had a break found it relaxing and rejuvenating.  I am very excited to announce the details for our next LATTICE meeting on January 17th wherein we will be touring the new Broad Art Museum!  We will be altering our normal schedule in order to partner with Broad, so we will be officially meeting at 1:15 p.m. in the lobby of the museum.  There will be no admission charge. We will have fifteen minutes to informally meet and greet each other.    At 1:30 – 2:15, we will tour the museum in small groups accompanied by docents who will engage each group in discussion about the exhibits.

    At 2:15 – 2:30, your small group will leave the Broad Museum and travel to Room 6 in the lower level of the Student Services Building directly adjacent to the museum.  There will also be signs directing your path.   Upon arrival to Room 6, there will be hot beverages and cookies available.   We will continue our LATTICE meeting (2:30 – 3:30 p.m.) with further discussions making connections between the museum experience and our own LATTICE mission/pedagogical goals.   Our meeting will conclude as usual at 3:30 p.m.   We will not be including our normal potluck lunch with this session, but you will find a wonderfully generous invitation below from Lynn and Tom Bartley for a LATTICE potluck celebration at their home on January 27th.   Additionally, if you would prefer to individually reflect upon the art prior to connecting with a docent led small group at 1:30 p.m., please feel free to arrive early and do so.   However, it is our intention that you would also participate in the small group discussion with the tour.   Free coat check service will be available to increase your comfort while you are in the museum.

    There are a variety of places where you may find parking.  Your best choice may be the City of East Lansing lots on the other side of Grand River, but the usual parking charges will apply.   If you choose to park in the spaces reserved for the public within the MSU’s Grand River Parking Structure, I can tell you from personal experience you will need to have lots of coins to feed into their meters.  I am hoping our later start time guarantees our group sufficient time to navigate the parking issue.  I am attaching links to two maps from the Broad Museum website. 

    MSU Map:

    City of East Lansing Map:

    I look forward to a wonderful session as we explore this amazing new addition to our campus and community.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    In friendship,
    Karen Klein
    LATTICE Session Director


    2. LATTICE “Holiday” Potluck at Lynn and Tom Bartley’s Home
    Hello LATTICE Family and Friends,
    You are invited to attend our 2013 LATTICE "Holiday Potluck Party" on Sunday, January 27, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.    Please bring a dish to share with the group so that we can have one of our wonderful LATTCE international feasts!  Beverages will be provided.  Dinner will begin at approximately 2:45 p.m.

    This gathering will be held at the home of Lynn and Tom Bartley - 1527 River Terrace Drive, East Lansing (next to campus, east off of Hagadorn Road.).
    You are welcome to bring your spouses/partners.

    Please park in driveway or only the north side of street - thanks!

    If you have questions, please email Lynn at
    We hope you can be there on Sunday, January 27!

    Lynn and Tom Bartley and all of your LATTICE Board Members


    3. LATTICE Book Club Announcement
    I hope you will make a New Year's resolution to come to the LATTICE Book Club!
    Our next meeting will be Thursday January 17 at 4:15 in the lounge of All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Rd., East Lansing.

    We will be discussing the book Tua and the Elephant by R.P. Harris. Summary: " In Chiang Mai, Thailand, nine-year-old Tua releases an abused elephant from its chains - can she complete the rescue by getting it to an elephant refuge without being caught herself? "

    We will also discuss an ebook about Thailand and compare and comtrast the two books and formats. It's free and can be downloaded to an iPad or iPhone. Email me if you'd like more information.

    All are welcome, whether or not you have read the book. Join us for our great discussions!

    See you then
    Mary Hennessey


    4. Prof. Jack Schwille’s Letter from Indonesia
    Dear friends:
    Greetings from a mega-city in a mega-country.
    Yes, here we are in  Indonesia, a  big country, a very big country, mega-big in many ways.  Not only is it the fourth largest country in terms of population (240 million people), after China, India and the U.S., it is very spread out so that travelling from one point to another takes  time, even when flying.  Indonesia is an island nation, and perhaps we tend to think of island nations as being on the small size.  But  from one end of Indonesia  to the other, west to east, is about 3200 miles, farther than from Boston to San Francisco (2704 miles flying and 3075 miles driving). Within this span there are 17,000 islands, but most are uninhabited and  the main ones are Sumatra, Java, Bali, most of Borneo (Kulimantan to the Indonesians) and Sulawesi (the one shaped like a K or a crab with four peninsulas).  Indonesia is actually the 16th largest nation in the world in terms of land mass with about 2 million square kilometers.  Thus it’s about the same size as Mexico and Saudi Arabia--about twice as big as Nigeria and four times as big as Spain,  but only about a fifth as large as Canada,  China or the U.S.  Sumatra Island alone is two times the size of Britain and a little larger than Japan. 

    Java Island is historically the center of the country, and 140 of the 240 million Indonesians live here.  It is very densely populated, and  the four largest cities are located here:  Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung,  and Bekasi.  In all of Indonesia,  according to the 2010 estimates I consulted,  there are five cities over two million, six additional cities over one million and 17 additional cities over 500,000.
    Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world but it  still  a very diverse country linguistically and ethnically.  There are over 500 ethnic groups and more than 700 languages spoken.  The official language called Bahasa Indonesia .  This is not the historical language of the Javanese, in spite of their importance among  the peoples of this huge archepelago.  Bahasa Indonesia is an official standardized version of Malay, which in all of its forms is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish and Arabic.

    Indonesia’s education system  is equally gigantic.   In primary school there are 27 million students and 1.5 million teachers in about 144,000 schools.  In junior secondary school, there are about 9 million students and over 600,000 teachers in 29,000 schools. All government schools are managed by the Ministry of Education and in the case of primary and junior secondary schools the person in charge is the Director-General of Basic Education.  It just so happens that this person,  Professor Suyanto, got his Ph.D from MSU in the 1980s.  When he was informed that we had come for a visit, he invited us over to his office the first full day we were here.  We went for what we thought was a courtesy call of perhaps a half an hour,  but in fact it lasted two hours.  Professor Suyanto was very welcoming and was eager to hear news of MSU and the College of Education.

    We had quite a time finding his office.  When we asked we were told that, fortunately, it was right next door to the mall where our hotel is and we could even walk—we had been told we wouldn’t be walking anywhere due to heat and places where there are no sidewalks.   So when we got ready to go, we asked at the hotel reception which way to go and they told us to go out and to the left.  We did that and sure enough, right next door was this stunning shiny new building  which, even with no real knowledge of Bahasa Indonesian,  I  could tell from the sign for the building that it said something about education and, what’s more, it clearly indicated that this was a Directorate General of the ministry.  So we went in and surprisingly there was no place to check in, but there was a sign indicating where to find the director general’s office.  Up we went to the 10th floor and tried to explain to a receptionist who spoke no English what we wanted.  This did not work at all well until a civil servant in white shirt and tie who spoke good English came out and helped us.  At last we understood that while this building was indeed an education directorate-general, it was for the  DG of Higher Education, not basic education.  So off we went to another big multi-story building, guided by a young man they assigned to us when they deemed us unable to find our own way.  But even he, when we got to the right building, went to the wrong floor at first.  Thus, it turned out that the Ministry of Education was a whole complex of buildings which surrounded the sides and back of our mall-hotel, meaning you could turn either right or left upon leaving the hotel to get there.  I don’t know what possessed me to expect the first ten-story building we came upon to hold the whole ministry in such a huge country, but I did.

    The statistics on Jakarta, the capital city where we are staying for the next two weeks, are equally mind popping.  Although there is no consistent definition of urban areas that can be used world-wide to compare size, by one estimate Jakarta is tied for the second, after Tokyo, with four other cities (Guanzhou, Seoul,  and Shanghai) for second, each with about 25 million inhabitants.  Jakarta  proper is usually said to have about 12 million inhabitants, and get this, during the day the number increases with commuters estimated variously from 3 million to 8 million additional people.  The estimated number of motorcycles in the city is 7.5 million with 3.5 million cars. So no surprise, there are many traffic jams.

    Thirteen rivers flow through the city carrying water from the higher surrounding regions and creating a lot of problems with flooding.  The temperature is  very warm throughout the year. The equator runs through the middle of the country.  In January the average high in Jakarta is 84 degrees Fahrenheit and the low 73.

    Jakarta is also of course well-known as the city where Barack Obama spent four years of his childhood.  As a great Obama fan, I am hoping we will have a chance to see his childhood home and school while we are here.  In the recent biography of Obama and his family background by David Maraniss, there is a whole chapter or two on what life was like for Obama here. 

    It’s easy to see here why our future is Asia.  Indonesia is not the most developed or wealthy country in the region but it is moving up there.  A few days ago, the China Daily Asia Weekly edition published economic forecasts for the coming year.  Compared to the poor performance of the U.S. and European Union, the predictions are spectacular, and Indonesia is expected to have one of the highest growth rates after China and India in East, Southeast and South Asia    Economic growth for 2013 is estimated as follows: China 7.9%, Indonesia  6.3%, Thailand, 5.0%, Malaysia 5.0%.  Singapore by contrast is expected to have a much lower growth rate, and the reason is important in understanding these countries.  Singapore is so small that its high powered economy is very dependent on international trade and finance whereas the other countries in the region are much larger and have a population sufficient to generate a lot of internal demand, making them increasingly less dependent on international trade and the global economy.  The more people move into the middle class the more these economies grow.  Being in Indonesia today, I think, is like being in Japan in the 1960s, South Korea in the 1970s, China in the 1980s, and India somewhat later when all these economies really took off.

    Indonesia now has the 16th largest economy in the world, and predictions from McKinsey are that it will be 7th in 2030 while an Mandiri bank predicts it to be 4th by  2025.   And yet, according to a briefing we had this morning,  Indonesian policymakers are very sensitive to the fragility of this economy, and in particular, to the risk of letting the education system lag behind, as other countries in the region have done.  If not enough people are educated, the needs of the rapidly developing economy will not be met.

    Right now, with recent years of rapid growth,  conditions of life in Indonesia are improving.  Indonesia is not classified as a low income country, but as low middle income.  Population growth is under control with a fertility rate of 2.1.  Life expectancy  is 70 years.   Nearly all children complete primary school and the literacy rate among adults is a reported 92 to 99% .   One indicator of rapid social change is the number of Facebook users.  According to the most recent figures I could find,  there are a mind-boggling 52 million  Facebook users in Indonesia,  giving it 4th rank among countries in this regard.  And there is more tweeting in Jakarta than any other city in the world!   I think Facebook fits exceptionally well with the gregarious and social nature of the Indonesians I have known and their ability to network socially even without technology.

    The hassles, pollution and lack of sufficient infrastructure have given Jakarta a negative reputation, but so far I love it.  It’s a wonderful place for people watching.   Based on my first impressions in one of the affluent parts of the capital, the young people are not only generally attractive, but they are also very animated, engaging, and jovial in their body language so it’s fun to watch them talk even if you can’t understand what they are saying. And I love all the smiling.  I do know from reading, that smiles can mean many things.  But everyone smiling makes me feel good whatever it means.

    We have become connoisseurs of shopping malls.  At the end of three full days here, we have visited four close by to our hotel, each a little more elegant than the others.  We bought a book called “Indonesia’s Best Restaurants 2012/2013” (the title is misleading, the book contains only restaurants in Jakarta and Bali—it’s hard to believe there are no worthy restaurants in other cities).  Most of the best Jakarta restaurants seem to be in malls or hotels, and getting to them is incredibly cheap—like $1.25  for a good taxi. Food in these highly rated restaurants is very reasonable compared to the U.S. to say nothing of  Scandinavia and most of the rest of Europe where one can run up a $25  tab for little if anything more than a sandwich and soft drink.

    Now let me go back and tell you about our travel and arrival and how we ended up actually living in one of the malls.   We flew Detroit-Amsterdam-Mumbai since Mumbai is the hub for our air tickets.  We arrived in Mumbai just before midnight on New Year’s Eve and were in a taxi when fireworks started going off at midnight right along the back street going toward our hotel. Then the next morning we celebrated again after breakfast due to the time change, watching the ball drop in Times Square on CNN and listening to Anderson Cooper and Cathy Griffin give each other a hard time.  We were staying at the excellent Courtyard Hotel by Marriott at Mumbai airport where we had a fabulous breakfast with lots of great Indian food.  We even had dosas, one of our son-in law Devesh's favorite foods, which in this case was  made to order at a special station at the buffet. And it was fantastic, better than I ever had in the U.S. The dosa wasn't like  the thick stuffed pancake that I remember, but instead it was the thinnest crepe I ever had, a little crispy, and folded over the filling, which for lack of knowledge I just had the potato stuffing that they suggested because I didn't know what else to ask for.  I told Sharon that we need an Indian food dictionary so we can study up on all the options.

    That evening just before midnight we left again on Malaysia Airlines, this time for Jakarta via Kuala Lumpur.  We arrived in the morning after changing planes in the gorgeous new airport in KL and checked into our hotel and starting living in FX Mall.   Well, we don’t exactly live inside the mall.  We live on top of the mall, on the 43rd floor of the hotel.  But the hotel entrance is inside the mall itself, and we have a splendid breakfast location on a balcony overlooking the main entrance in the main mall atrium where all the restaurants and shops are. It is a vertical mall like Watertower Place in Chicago, in this case with six floors of shops with numerous restaurants and coffee shops.  There is a Starbucks with a big outside terrace overlooking the street so you have a choice of being cool in the air conditioning—very cool—or warm on the terrace—very warm! 

    Our hotel is very distinctive in its design and decoration with a contemporary  décor and the use of orange as their theme color.  The rooms feature orange, the breakfast area and reception feature orange, the staff wear orange,  but all in moderation—as a tasteful accent color rather than the base color which is white.  In our rooms we have orange colored soap, and orange colored mugs and an orange bolster on the bed. And in the breakfast area there are small sprigs of orange gladiola on each table.  And the halls are even sprayed to smell a little orange-like.

    The view from our window on the 43rd floor is stunning.  Jakarta may have a bad rap among some people, but from here it definitely doesn’t deserve it . Perhaps people are more critical because there are so many very beautiful areas for tourists to go elsewhere in the country.  In my experience, all huge cities have their good and bad areas, and from the  height of our hotel room, Jakarta  is  beautiful with shiny new high rises with interesting shapes interspersed among many green trees, curving roads and streets and lower lying buildings. We had the the same impression going out to Sampoerna University along the expressway today.  The expressway went through an alley of beautiful high rises, again spread out with lots of greenery in between along the highway.  I can’t think of many expressways in the middle of big American cities that are as attractive as that.   The vegetation is all extremely lush and beautiful, defying Jakarta’s reputation as a city of unrelenting urban construction.

    We are much indebted to Jim Hoesterey for his advice on the advantages of living in a mall in a huge city famous for traffic jams and difficulty walking.  He said we needed somewhere to get out and about and not be stuck in our one small hotel room much of the time.   And now Sharon is even thinking she should write a sequel to the well-known children's book about living in a museum---she was already into this idea after spending a day in the middle of Seoul Inchon airport in October as another place where children could live a great fantasy life. So one book on the wonders of living inside an airport terminal, and another on living in a mall.

    We have not yet experienced any of the famous traffic jams yet since traffic was light when we came from the airport.  After watching out our window all week looking for the traffic jams, we finally realized that people were still out of town for the holidays.   We went to restaurants where the guidebooks say “very busy, need reservations”  and they were pretty much empty.  The long and short of it is that our first week in Jakarta was completely free of excessive congestion, contrary to our expectations.

    Saturday, we took a bus tour to get a better sense of the city. We visited three museums, plus Chinatown and the old Dutch area , still referred to in guidebooks  as Batavia, the Dutch name for Jakarta.  Here again the guidebooks gave us a pretty negative impression of this Old Town area, saying it was so run down and unkept that it wasn’t attractive to tourists.   But I’m used to ramshackle in the huge cities of the developing regions of the world, remembering that this can be just a stage toward cities with better and better living conditions, so it all looked pretty normal to me,  and the places we visited were great.  So don’t pay any attention to the negative comments in TripAdvisor.

     We enjoyed going to see the very old buildings.  The old town hall was built in 1710 and housed the Governor of the Dutch East Indies Company.  It is a now a historical museum and houses some great furniture from the early colonial period.  Then when we went to the puppet museum we found that it was on the site of a Dutch church built in 1640.  The guide who showed us around is from a famous puppet family and he gave a show at the U.S. embassy for Hillary Clinton when she was in town.  Then we had lunch in the Batavia Café, in a building built in 1805.  It’s an attractive eating place of great character, especially since the walls were covered with 20th century photos of royalty, movie stars and other celebrities.  There are plans to restore this whole neighborhood, and when it’s done, Jakarta will have a splendid Old Town to attract more tourists.

    There were only four people on our tour, Sharon and me plus an Egyptian couple living in Kuwait.  They were both engineers and had a lot to say about how unhappy they were with the state of Egypt these days.  And they were strongly against seeing poor people allowed to live in shantytowns not far from elegant buildings and skyscrapers, but again this seemed quite normal to me.  Poor people are not going to disappear so why hide them away, that’s my view.  People need to be reminded to make life better for everyone.
    That’s all for now.  More next week.


    5. Teacher Opportunities - 2013
    Deadline. Tuesday, January 15, 2013. New Perspectives: Japan. The New Perspectives: Japan program allows teachers of any discipline to take student groups to Japan for an introduction to the culture of Japan or to deepen their study of Japanese. The Laurasian Institute, administrator of the program, provides pre-travel orientation lessons, as well as follow-through activities to be completed after the study tour. For more information and an application, visit:

    Deadline. Friday, February 8, 2013. Spring Fellowship in Korean Studies. The Korea Society invites American educators to apply for this program, to be held in Korea from March 27-April 7, 2013. The program includes lectures and discussions on topics of current interest, guided tours, and opportunities for on-site study in locales of historic and contemporary relevance. For more information, visit

    Deadline. Friday, February 15, 2013. Keizai Koho Center Fellowships. The Keizai Koho Center offers a ten-day fellowship to Japan in summer 2013 for educators in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the program's website at or email

    Deadline. Monday, March 11, 2013. Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School. Scheduled for July 14-19, 2013, this residential workshop, sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) at Indiana University, offers participants the opportunity to explore the historical and cultural context of literature in East Asia, while engaging in discussion of short stories, novels, and poetry. Participants work with specialists in history, religion, society, language, and literature as well as a master high school world literature teacher. Access complete details and application at

    Deadline. Friday, March 15, 2013. Re-Inventing Japan: Teaching about 21st-Century Issues and Trends. The annual NCTA-TEA summer institute, to be held July 9-17, 2013, on the CU Boulder campus, considers challenges facing Japan today and offers perspectives on Japan's directions in the 21st century. Twenty teachers will be selected to participate; they will receive travel stipend, lodging, meal package, and resource materials. Graduate credit is available for a modest fee. Details and application package are available at: For additional information, contact Lynn Parisi at

    Deadline. Saturday, June 1, 2013. Global Exploration for Educators Organization Summer Travel Programs for Teachers. GEEO is a nonprofit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs for teachers. Among the 22 programs to be offered in summer 2013 are several to East, Southeast, and South Asia. The trips are 8 to 24 days in length and are open to K-12 educators from around the world. Costs range from $1200 to $2100. For more information, visit

    July 29 - August 2, 2013. Culture Korea Kafe. Explore Korean history and culture through presentations from prominent scholars, performances, and meals featuring delicious traditional foods. Participants in this seminar presented by the Korea Cultural Center in Los Angeles will receive lessons and other resources and have the opportunity to network with educators from throughout the United States. For more information, visit the Korea Cultural Center website ( or contact Daniel Lee at

    Deadline, February 1, 2013. Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award 2013. The award is presented annually by the United States-Japan Foundation to recognize exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. Each year, the award is presented to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language. The award carries a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 monetary award, and $5,000 in project funds. It is named in honor of Elgin Heinz for his commitment to educating students about Asia as well as for the inspiration he provided to the field of pre-college education. The award is open to current full-time K-12 classroom teachers of any relevant subject in the United States. Details of the nomination procedure and application package are available at



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Best Wishes,

Karen & Damaris

LATTICE Session Director
Karen Klein

LATTICE Graduate Assistant
Damaris Mayienga

(Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education)

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