Thursday, August 21, 2014

Black Jacket and Nelson Mandela

SOMETIMES I do television interview in my study. Video journalists like to see books, documents, a computer, a printer, statues and also the Nelson Mandela poster near my desk.

Like Mandela, I prefer to wear batik --short sleeve or long sleeve for the formal events. In July 2014, I did an interview with PBS Newshour in this room with my batik. It was about the post-tsunami Aceh, enforcing their Islamic shariah and how it discriminates women.

But some interviewers persuaded me to wear black. It's better for their audience, they said. Thus I have my New York Times T-shirt and a jacket. But no tie please.

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