History of Southeast Asia

History of Southeast Asia


Episode 102: Western New Guinea, Forgotten War, Unwanted People

December 01, 2020

This episode goes all the way to the eastern extremity of Southeast Asia -- western New Guinea. Geographically speaking, it's really part of the South Pacific region of the world, but it has been considered part of Indonesia since the Dutch claimed it, nearly two hundred years ago. Now we will look at what has happened there since the Dutch handed over western New Guinea to Indonesia, in 1962. Can we call this the last Southeast Asian colony?

The Morning Star flag.

This is the Morning Star flag, the emblem of the OPM, or Free Papua Movement.

Arrests at Jayapura, 2011.

This photo from 2011 shows the Indonesian police hauling away participants in the Third Papuan Peoples Congress.

Brin-Brin, the yellow-naped Amazon parrot.

And here is Brin-Brin, the family pet I give a tribute to at the beginning of this episode.

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