“I share the cultural explanations, but would take issue when they are presented, as often the case in Australian media, with additional rationalist reasoning by Indonesians and experts of Indonesia alike. Such reasoning was provided in effect to show the “objective rationality” behind the smiles by considering the political contexts. . . . The smiles were interpreted as if they were a well calculated gesture, a part of a larger strategy on the part of the suspect and his captors to achieve political gains (for instance, for the police to appear humane in public, and for the suspect to avoid heavy sentencing). Cultures have no objective reasoning outside themselves.”
Heryanto, Ariel (2002) “Politically Incorrect Smiles: Bali Incident”, UniNews (The University of Melbourne), 16-30/12: 5.
Previously appeared in The Jakarta Post, 25 November 2002,
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