Some Australians are doing their best to break down barriers, while others appear to be less sensitive to local culture.
Some Australians might dismiss her as a "singing budgie". (This is a slang insult for a singer who is more popular for her good looks rather than her singing talent or musical ability, named after the budgerigar, a popular pet bird). However, Ms Neary has also shown her brains and local knowledge. When interviewed later by a local newspaper, Ms Neary described her experiences studying at Unversitas Gadja Mada in Yogyakarta, and named her favourite local musicians as Agnes Monica, Dewa and Peter Pan.The Jakarta Globe
Ratu Berlian Sangun Anggun
(Beautiful Queen Jewel)
An ethnomusicologist, Professor Kartomi was given this honour in recognition of her work on the history of the Sumatran gamolan. While her compatriots visit Lampung for surfing or the Anak Krakatau (child of Mt Krakatoa) volcano, Professor Kartomi has researched Sumatran music for 40 years, and will publish a book on the topic later this year.The Monash Weekly
However, new Kerobokan Prison Chief Warden Bowo Nariwono is apparently less happy with Australian visitors in Bali.
The story and interview is then padded out with footage of mostly male Western tourists being drunk and behaving badly during a typical evening on the streets of Kuta. Some can be clearly indentified as Australian by their clothing or accent, while others are of indeterminate origin.
Mr Nariwono also says:
If you cross the law, you must face the law, so you come to my prison.
Ironically, during the riot all the foreign inmates were moved elsewhere. Mr Nariwono has himself been
dismissed moved also, pending investigation of prisoners' claims of preferential treatment for inmates who paid bribes and other illegal levies.
Regardless of your feelings towards Mr Nariwono himself, do you think his warning to Australian tourists in Bali is warranted? Why/why not?
More generally, what could Australians (and other visitors to Bali) do more/less to make a positive contribution to Indonesia during their stay?