April 23, 2021

KITAAB

Connecting Asian writers with global readers

In the Bay Area, a Trailblazer Lights the Way for Indonesian Literature

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“Indonesia,” declares Lian Gouw, “is more than just the island of Bali.”

Gouw, at 82, is a diminutive figure with an outsize presence, gifted with a voice that commands attention and the masterful air of a seasoned impresario revealing The Next Great Thing.

That thing, on this sunny fall afternoon at the Foster City public library in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the literature of Indonesia, the country of her childhood and a passion that consumes her every waking hour (and a fair deal of the not-so-waking hours of her associates back home, some of them confide).

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