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David Reeve book launch

Book launch: Angkot dan bus Minangkabau

With Associate Professor David Reeve

Join Associate Professor David Reeve for the Sydney launch of his new publication, Angkot dan bus Minangkabau: Budaya pop & nilai-nilai budaya pop.

When: 5 - 6pm, 9 November 2017

Where: Woolley Lecture Theatre N395, John Woolley Building, University of Sydney


Angkot, or angkutan kota (city transport) are just a part of every-day life for the Minangkabau people of southern Sumatra, but for the rest of us, the vibrantly adorned transport offers a glimpse into the complex pop culture and cultural values of this colourful region.

Associate Professor David Reeve will launch his newest publication, Angkot dan bus Minangkabau: Budaya pop & nilai-nilai budaya pop (Minangkabau angkot and buses: Pop culture & pop culture values) at the University of Sydney followed by a Q and A with Ms Natali Pearson (PhD candidate, University of Sydney).

Translated by Australia-based linguist and lecturer Iskandar P. Nugraha, this bilingual book (written concurrently in Indonesian and English) is the first of its kind to discuss the angkot as a cultural phenomenon and reveals the complexity and colour of Minangkabau culture.

Books will be for sale at the event, please bring cash only.

About the speaker

Associate Professor Reeve has been visiting Indonesia for over 40 years, as a diplomat, researcher, historian, visiting lecturer, beach comber and project manager. He has lived in Indonesia for eleven years, and worked at four Indonesian universities. He was a founding lecturer in the Australian Studies program at Universitas Indonesia in the 1980s. He had a three-year stretch at Universitas Gadjah Mada and Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang in the 1990s, as resident director for the ACICIS program. He has written on Indonesian politics, Indonesian language, and Australian-Indonesian relations. David retired from his position at UNSW in July 2006.