Rice Roots

Rice Roots

Rice Roots

Rice Roots

Excerpt

This book deals with an Asian people, the Indonesians. It is not written just because Indonesia is among the Asian nations most recently gripped by crisis. Nor does it deal directly and solely with Indonesia's crisis. It is written, rather, to probe the causes and conditions underlying Asia's incessant crises -- and because Indonesia, perhaps better than any other Asian land, offers Americans an insight into all of Asia, and into their own role, responsibility and opportunity in Asia's future.

For Indonesia and its people are an archetype of Asia. Here geography and history have fused almost every Asian strain. Here are Malayan blood, Buddhist art, Hindu scripture, Islam's God. Here are every Asian woe and every Asian hope. Here are Asia's "teeming masses" -- poor, proud, and infinitely powerful. Here, incarnate, are Asia's rice roots.

The existence and nature of these, the rice roots, are but vaguely sensed or understood. Mute, innumerable, anonymous and passive until suddenly whipped into turbulence by the wind of events -- Asia's masses frustrate Western comprehen-

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