Why don’t Indonesians walk around nude? It’s always warm and often hot. Who needs clothes?
Why do Indonesians love Durian? The country is abundant with delicious food, the country’s cuisine is varied and superb, so what’s the fascination with fruit that is way too creamy, too fat and disgustingly stinky?
Why Indonesian football is shambles? Football is extraordinary popular in the archipelago and FC Barcelona’s Tito Vilanova and his eleven dwarves prove size doesn’t matter.
Why Indonesians on average are extremely talented photographers? Traditional national art forms – dance, martial arts, batik, gamelan – don’t indicate any plausible explanation for this general arty addiction.
Why are Indonesians world-champions smoking? The habit is not just killing foreigners, but causes cancer and heart attacks in all human beings.
Why Indonesians have their hearts on the sleeve on Facebook? In all other realms of life they are pretty prudent and hide their private experiences and emotions.
Why do Indonesians more often than not neglect maintenance – of buildings, of roads and of ships and other vehicles? Everybody knows the tropical climate demands permanent monitoring, screening and timely repairs of these huge investments.
Why Indonesians who are fortunate enough to spend a twelve days’ holiday in Europe, always try to squeeze a visit to all twenty seven EU countries into those two weeks? Getting to know the beauty of Paris or Rome takes more than one or two days.
Why Indonesians present themselves by their nationality abroad and stress their different ethnic backgrounds to introduce themselves to foreigners at home? After all there has been a lot of effort to install “Indonesianess” in formal education ever since Independence.
Why do Indonesians who are being photographed most of the time smile (too) much and strike weird poses? They are worthwhile and even at their best to look at and to admire if they act in a non-theatrical, casual and relaxed way.
Why don’t Indonesians have significantly better politicians? Among 240 million people to choose from there definitely are much better options.
Why Indonesian women are the most charming, beautiful and intelligent of the world?*
* Next to Swedish, Argentinian, Ethiopian women and my daughter .