Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994

“It’s hard to describe the fascination that I felt while learning Bahasa Indonesia. As each new word and new sound settled under my tongue and in the back of my throat, street signs and books suddenly came alive. People’s speech became animated as I listened to them day after day. This was my first time learning another language. Meanings of things expanded as I learned new grammars. Spaces that were indescribable became more vibrant as I appreciated their refusal to fit inside syntax. It was a beautiful experience where I gained new words and new experiences for which there are no words.”

– Annemarie Nicole DiCamillo, 2018 Summer Studies Participant