SEAM Preserves Indonesian newspapers Tifa Irian and Tifa Papua

"Tifa Papua" issue March 6, 2000

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Judy Alspach -

The Southeast Asia Materials Project (SEAM) has preserved two Indonesian newspaper titles:  Tifa Irian (1993-1997) and Tifa Papua (2000-2004). This newspaper was called Tifa Irian during the New Order and the name was changed to Tifa Papua in 2000, less than two years after the fall of Indonesian President Suharto. The terms Irian and Papua both refer to the island and the province, but have been favored at different times for political reasons. Inhabitants of the region never fully embraced the name 'Irian' and it was reported that President Aburrahman Wahid (nicknamed Gus Dur) also did not like the term. In January 2000, President Aburrahman Wahid visited the province and hosted local leaders from various groups. It was after this visit he decided to change the name from 'Irian' to 'Papua'.

These titles are rarely held in North America, and therefore important to preserve for future researchers. Tifa Irian and Tifa Papua were published in Jayapura, the capital and largest city of the Indonesian province of Papua, located on the northern coast of the island of New Guinea, adjacent to Indonesia's border with Papua New Guinea. The print holdings used for this microfilming project were held by the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the project was proposed by Rohayati Paseng, Southeast Asia Librarian at the University of Hawaii.

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