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As an integral part of the Our Ocean Conference, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Sustainable Ocean Alliance will co-host the third Our Ocean, Our Legacy Youth Leadership Summit, which will take place on October 29-30, 2018 in Bali!



Our Ocean Conference 2018 will convene participants from countries across the globe to ensure diverse perspectives from various stakeholders, including governments, commercial sectors, financing entities, scientific communities, civil society organizations, and young leaders. Heads of States, Ministers, and champions from various backgrounds will also be invited to influence concrete and actionable commitments to preserve the oceans' health. Our Ocean, Our Legacy will be the theme of this year's Our Ocean Conference, as it reflects our choices and actions to maintain the sustainability of our oceans' resources and to preserve our ocean's health, as a heritage presented for our children and grandchildren.


The youth summit will draw high-level ocean leaders, who will interact with student participants, facilitate breakout sessions, and provide youth with insights for their ocean projects and commitments. Additionally, youth leaders will have the opportunity to join the main conference on the 2nd day of the event.

Approximately 200 youth leaders from 50 countries worldwide will be selected to participate in the third Our Ocean, Our Legacy Youth Leadership Summit. Participants will be responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses*.

Benefits of attending:

  • Become an #SOAYouthLeader and join our global community represented in over 50 countries
  • Network with 500+ policymakers, corporate leaders, heads of international organizations, foundations, and NGOs
  • Receive mentorship and develop your professional skill sets by learning from business, government, and science experts
  • Discover the unique challenges facing Bali and learn how the local community is addressing them
  • Meet with entrepreneurs who are building scalable ocean startups to help protect and sustain our ocean

Rinda Salmun RTW Spring 2018

The collection was playful and arty, and would probably find a following with Western customers in search of unique clothes with a contemporary vibe.

Los Angeles, CA - October 12 2017, WWD.COM - Returning to Los Angeles as one of handful of Indonesian designers who showed here this season (the country’s consulate was among the event sponsors), Rinda Salmun was hoping to find a broader audience for her contemporary, day-to-night clothing, which so far, only retails in Asia.

The collection she sent out drew heavily on Indonesian influences, namely, a cotton-based fabric called lurik that is traditionally handmade in a variety of colorful strips. But Salmun mixed these with modern leather, lace and satin, often piecing together the fabrics in geometric patchwork patterns. Some she fashioned into fitted, layered silhouettes and others that borrowed from traditional Javanese dress.

The result was a playful, arty collection that would probably find a following with Western customers in search of unique clothes with a contemporary vibe. Certainly the color palette was modern — dark green mixed with graphic black and white stripes and touches of navy and pale pink, or a computer-generated print in a range of pinks. As her brother Rian — who came in her stead as the designer was about to have a baby back in Indonesia — explained, Salmun aims to create wearable art with an often experimental bent that comes from the years she spent in the London fashion scene.


BYO RTW Spring 2018

Tommy Ambiyo created tops from the same materials as his handbags so that his accessories could shine on the runway.

Los Angeles, CA - October 12 2017, WWD.COM - When he was asked to show his BYO handbags in a runway show a few seasons ago, Jakarta-based accessories designer Tommy Ambiyo jumped at the chance, but he was disappointed to see the accessories taking a backseat to the clothes they were shown with. So he decided to create his own wearable pieces that would showcase, not eclipse, his bags.

The result was eye-catching, if not completely wearable, tops made from the same woven plastic and latex as his handbags. The materials were woven together to create clutches and totes, some simple, and some embellished with plastic paillettes and pieces resembling feathers.

In this case, the tops were a colorful complement to the bags, and Ambiyo kept the rest of the styling minimal, sending out models in the same navy skirts and black pumps, with slicked-back hair and no-makeup makeup. Ambiyo has found success in is home country, selling more than 6,000 bags in the two years since he relaunched his label. He said the vibrant colors were inspired by the solar eclipse, noting, “During an eclipse you see the craziest colors in the sky.”

Sav Lavin RTW Spring 2018

Designer Savira Lavinia, who began in Jakarta, Indonesia, made her Los Angeles debut over the weekend.

Los Angeles, October 10 2017 - WWD.COM - Sav Lavin designer Savira Lavinia, 25, was among several Indonesian designers making their runway debuts in Los Angeles over the weekend, and her beautifully crafted and well thought-out collection was a welcome sight.

Lavinia, who started her business two years ago in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a meticulous planner, and she said her journals full of dreams written in blue ink inspired the motifs on her mostly white collection.

She was also inspired by the theory of connectionism, which seemed to be a way of saying that all of life’s experiences can manifest themselves in clothes.

“This collection is special for me because I did a lot of research on trends in my country and around the world, but I also researched another human being,” she said, referring to her roommate, a street artist who created the blue motifs and also hand-painted several of her accessories.

Her silhouettes borrowed heavily from traditional Japanese dress such as the kimono and yukata, because the shapes fit many body types, which she says is “more fair.” To account for dressing in the warm climate of Southeast Asia, she used a combination of breathable cotton and eco-friendly Tencel.

Antusias Serbu Teh Indonesia di Acara Explore Indonesia 2017

Generasi milenial di AS, terutama di wilayah California, sangat peduli terhadap kesehatan dan penampilan. Mereka semakin menyadari manfaat konsumsi teh bagi kesehatan dan menjadikan teh bagian dari gaya hidup. Asosiasi Teh AS mencatat, masyarakat AS mengonsumsi sekitar 84 miliar cangkir teh di tahun 2016.

LOS ANGELES, 10 Agustus 2017, KOMPAS.com - Lebih dari 2.000 cangkir teh khas Indonesia dengan beragam kreasi habis diserbu pengunjung pada acara Explore Indonesia 2017. Kegiatan tersebut diadakan di 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California, Amerika Serikat (AS) pada Sabtu (7/10/17). Kreasi teh Indonesia berhasil memikat masyarakat Los Angeles dalam Tea Bar yang diracik oleh Tea Master Inggrie Wijaya. Teh yang ditampilkan adalah organic spiced black tea latte, organic lemongrass jasmine tea, dan organic lemongrass ginger tea garnished with lemon. Menurut Kepala Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) Los Angeles, Antonius A. Budiman, berbagai kreasi teh yang ditampilkan dalam Tea Bar tersebut menggunakan racikan teh asli Indonesia yang dikombinasikan dengan beraneka rempah asli Indonesia seperti jahe, kayu manis, sereh, dan yang lain yang meghasilkan rasa yang sangat diminati oleh pengunjung. Beberapa pengunjung bahkan menunjukkan keinginan mereka membeli dan memulai bisnis dengan teh Indonesia.

Untuk melengkapi pengalaman minum teh, kantor ITPC Los Angeles juga menampilkan berbagai kudapan seperti biskuit dan wafer buatan Indonesia yang cocok dikonsumsi bersama teh. Selain itu, dia acara tersebut juga ditampilkan produk permen dengan cita rasa teh dan mendapat banyak perhatian pula oleh pengunjung. Acara Tea Bar merupakan bagian dari Festival Ikat dan Teh Explore Indonesia 2017, yang merupakan hasil kerja sama Kantor Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) Los Angeles, Konsulat Jendral Republik Indonesia (KJRI) Los Angeles, Indonesian Women Alliance (IWA), dan Atase Pertanian Washington D.C.

“Acara promosi teh seperti ini bertujuan semakin menunjukkan cita rasa teh Indonesia di pasar AS. Citra Indonesia sebagai negara pengekspor teh masih perlu ditingkatkan,” kata Antonius melalui rilis yang diterima Kompas.com. Antonius menambahkan bahwa potensi pasar teh di AS cukup besar, mencapai sekitar USD 462 juta atau setara dengan Rp 6,327 triliun. Tren konsumsi teh juga semakin meningkat secara signifikan.

Incredible journey: from domestic slave to the Democratic Convention

Matul hopes her story will help shine a light on slavery, and help others rise from their misfortune, into freedom.

Los Angeles (CNN), Sept 2017 2016 - In July, Ima Matul got a standing ovation when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention, broadcast live across the United States. It was a remarkable achievement. Almost 20 years earlier she had been living as a domestic slave, trapped in a house in Los Angeles, where she was threatened, abused and beaten.

Her journey has been an extraordinary one, as inspiring as it is distressing. Matul grew up in rural Indonesia in a family of farmers. Aged 17, she was working as housekeeper when she was offered a job as a nanny in Los Angeles and promised a salary of $150 a month. "It sounds like not a lot of money right now, but for me back then, it felt like winning the lottery," recalls Matul "My goal when I came to the US in 1997, [was to stay] for two years, and take my salary to build a house for my family -- and that's it."

Instead, when she arrived in the United States, the woman she was meant to be working for confiscated her passport. She soon found she was expected to take care of all the house chores. She wasn't paid, and she says she was beaten when the work wasn't perfect. "[If] there's like a spot that's not clean, or clean enough for her, she would start hitting me. I had bruises all over my face," she says. That was her life for three years. She says she was told that if she ran away the police would arrest her and she would be thrown in jail, where she would be raped. Eventually, she pieced together just enough English to write a letter pleading for help.

"I decided to write a letter to the nanny next door, saying please help me, I cannot take it anymore," she says.

The nanny plotted Matul's escape and found help at Alexandria House, a shelter for abused women. Eventually, Matul received help from CAST, the Los Angeles-based Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. "Both organizations kind of helped me out to rebuild my life back," she says.

93 Percent of Human Trafficking Survivors In Mentari’s Culinary Classes Successfully Find Employment

The plight of human trafficking survivors from around the world, hailing from countries like Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, the Philippines and Indonesia, continues even after their ordeal ends. Many survivors struggle to find employment and reintegrate into society without the relevant work experience.

Huffington Post, July 26 2016 - Glenda*, a tall, middle-aged woman from a Zimbabwean village, took a large loan to pay a labor broker to find work as a housekeeper in the US. While in the US, she was forced to work for up to 18 hours a day under severe verbal abuse, without any pay or sufficient rest. When she asked for the salary she had been promised, her employer threatened to deport her back to Zimbabwe and report her to their government. Glenda ran away to the police in the United States, and was put in touch with an organization for trafficking survivors. There, she learned about and joined Mentari’s cooking and baking classes, and gained skills for employment.

Sarah*, a 20-year-old American, lived on the streets of the Bronx for years, where she was trafficked by a pimp. She had no contact with her family and didn’t graduate from high school. When she was caught by law enforcement, she was sent to a program in upstate New York for 9 months. However, the program didn’t help her gain new vocational skills, and she found herself back on the streets.

Mentari stepped in to connect her with mentors and helped her build new skills. It also assisted with her applications for documents like a birth certificate and state ID, without which she was unable to find housing or employment. She enrolled in the Mentari’s culinary program, graduated, and found a job in a restaurant in Virginia.

Sept. 25: Explore the coffee and culture of Java

September 16 2016 - Los Angeles, Enjoy an afternoon of Indonesian culture at the UCLA Fowler Museum on Saturday Sept. 25, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Taste Indonesian specialty coffee, enjoy performances of Javanese dance and gamelan music, and learn about the rich history of batik textiles, including a live demonstration of the traditional batik technique.

This free event is presented by the Fowler in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles, the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center and the Indonesian Women Alliance.


Oscar Lawalata RTW Spring 2017

Based in Jakarta, Oscar Lawalata calls on Indonesia’s textile artists to create little touches that differentiate his casual separates.

October 4 2016 - Designing with Los Angeles weather in mind, Oscar Lawalata differentiated his casual separates with batik trim and colorblocking. Working with textile artists in his native Indonesia for almost 15 years, the Jakarta-based designer inserted batik into pockets, jacket linings and cord piping. The palette for the color blocks evoked a tropical panorama: kaffir lime, aqua, citrus yellow, orange, coral, slate blue, tan and brown.

The blouses, skirts and shorts were cut simply to be pulled over the head or on the waist. “I always like loose,” Lawalata said after his show in Los Angeles. “I find it’s more sexy.”

Lawalata scored a crowd pleaser in a reversible open-front jacket whose two sides — tan and cherry red — were cut with small slits to allow for subtle movement. He also hinted at a playful mood with a cream shorts set enhanced with baby blue stripes that lined the bib on the sleeveless top and also the pockets that peeked out from under the cuffed shorts. On the other hand, some dresses were a little too shapeless, despite the darted seams running from shoulder to hem. One tan dress coat with a Mandarin collar looked flat-out frumpy. Moreover, the repetition of unremarkable styles detracted from his creativity. If he had pursued the line of thinking behind the reversible jacket and whimsical short set and jettisoned some of the sack dresses, he would have found a way to make his mark in the competitive women’s contemporary market.

Rinda Salmun RTW Spring 2017

There's much to love in this Indonesian-influenced line, including sustainable fabrics and support of local artisans.
For her first U.S. show, Indonesian designer Rinda Salmun chose Los Angeles because “L.A. is so vibrant, and Indonesian weather and L.A. weather are pretty much the same.” For that and other reasons, it’s easy to imagine an Angeleno wearing Salmun’s clothes.

Her organic white cotton Tenun Garut shirt, with its mandarin collar and patchwork paneled sleeves, would make an interesting replacement for a typical button-down. This one has the added benefit of being made of sustainable fabric, handwoven by artisans in rural West Java. Paired with paneled tenun-print boardshorts, it was simultaneously sporty and elegant, as with the rest of the collection. Metallic and intricately patterned brocades popped up, too, like a version from West Sumatra called Songket Palembang. The use of these materials signal the designer’s commitment to Indonesia. “I want to support the regeneration of the artisans,” Salmun said. “I want to have them be recognized globally.”

Throughout the collection, it seemed as though the models had just come off the beach-sports court-field and gone straight to a social engagement. Highlights of the daytime-to-dinner category were a boarding school blazer with one sleeve referencing a varsity jacket, and black athletic-striped pants paired with a flared-sleeve biker jacket.

Bangga, Batik Indonesia Warnai Los Angeles Fashion Week

29 September 2016 - Liputan6.com, Jakarta Batik tak hanya digandrungi anak muda dalam negeri, namun juga anak muda Amerika Serikat. ajang Los Angeles Fashion Week (LAFW) yang digelar 25 September-2 Oktober 2016, menjadi pembuktian ragam corak batik mejadi gaya busana anak muda Amerika Serikat. Dilansir dari Antara, Kamis (29/9/2016), Konsulat Jenderal Republik Indonesia (KJRI) LA bersama Indonesian Women Alliance (IWA) di LA mengikutsertakan lima desainer Indonesia dalam LAFW, sekaligus memperkenalkan fesyen Indonesia di Amerika Serikat. LAFW digelar pada 25 September hingga 2 Oktober 2016.

Kelima desainer yang terpilih antara lain Rinda Salmun, Ivan Gunawan, Oscar Lawalata, Aurelia Santoso dan Nonita Respati. Kelimanya dikurasi langsung oleh panitia LAFW. Selain dalam ajang LAFW, batik juga akan diperkenalkan melalui program Explore Indonesia 2016 di Santa Monica Promenade dan Fowler Museum University of California Los Angeles, Amerika Serikat.

"Pertama kali hanya main-main saja, mengetes (dengan mengenakan busana) batik. Anak-anak muda di sana ternyata suka batik. Di situ kami sadar, batik tidak harus serius, bisa mengarah pada gaya anak muda," ujar Fabiola Sondakh sebagai Perwakilan IWA. "Kami tawarkan batik ke LAFW, ternyata mereka tertarik dan kebetulan di waktu summer spring," lanjutnya.

Ivan Gunawan, perancang busana yang turut membawa batik ke ajang LAFW menghadirkan motif tenun dari berbagai suku di Indonesia melalui teknik print ke dalam 28 koleksinya.

Kopi, Batik, dan Maya Hasan untuk Los Angeles

22 September 2016 - Jakarta, CNN Indonesia -- Selain batik, Indonesia di luar negeri ternyata juga identik dengan kopi. Bahkan, gerai kopi asal AS yang cukup ternama menyuguhkan kopi dengan biji yang berasal dari Sumatera, Indonesia. Ungkapan itu disampaikan Fabiola Sondakh, wakil dari Indonesian Women Alliance (IWA), organisasi nirlaba yang berada di Los Angeles, Amerika Serikat. Mengingat hal itu juga, bersama anggota IWA lainnya, Fabiola menggelar program Explore Indonesia dengan menghadirkan kopi dan batik. Tajuknya, 'Exploring Indonesia: Wear Batik, Drink Coffee'."Sebagai pelengkap dan pendamping yang pas untuk keduanya, kami juga menghadirkan Maya Hasan, sebagai pemain musik harpa," ujar Fabiola, sebagai Ketua Panitia Explore Indonesia, saat ditemui di Jakarta, Selasa (20/9). 

Di samping menghadirkan batik dalam Explore Indonesia, IWA juga mengikutsertakan lima desainer Indonesia dalam pekan peragaan busana Los Angeles Fashion Week yang berlangsung 28 September - 2 Oktober 2016. Mereka yakni Oscar Lawalata, Ivan Gunawa, Rinda Salmun, Aurelia Santoso dan Nonita Respati. 

Explore Indonesia 

Menurut Fabiola, program kegiatan Explore Indonesia tahun ini berlangsung selama dua hari, 24 dan 25 September 2016, di 3rd Stret Promenade, Santa Monica dan UCLA Fowler Museum, Westwood. Selain menghadirkan pameran batik, pengunjung juga berkesempatan menikmati kopi di ruang terbuka, peragaan busana dan seminar interaktif. Sembari menyusuri berbagai hal yang ada di ruang pameran, mereka juga akan dapat menikmati musik yang dimainkan Maya Hasan. 

UCLA Indonesian Studies Program receives $100,000 gift

Julia Gouw, a respected Los Angeles businesswoman and friend of UCLA who was the featured speaker at the UCLA International Institute’s 2015 commencement ceremony, has made a gift of $100,000 to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) to support the center’s Indonesian Studies Program. Said Gouw, a native of Indonesia, “I am thrilled to be able to support education and research of the highest quality on my homeland.”

March 16 2016, Los Angeles - The Indonesian Studies Program, in conjunction with CSEAS and UCLA’s humanities and social science divisions, sponsors lectures on recent scholarly research on Indonesia, organizes film screenings, arranges visits by prominent international figures and hosts cultural events. Ms. Gouw’s gift will be used to sustain these programs as well as to fund innovative conferences and underwrite travel grants for UCLA undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research in Indonesia. 

CSEAS director and historian George Dutton said, “The Center for Southeast Asian Studies is fortunate to have found a donor as enthusiastic about the study of Indonesia as we are. Julia Gouw’s gift is enabling our Indonesian Studies Program to continue to grow and thrive at a time when Indonesia is becoming an ever more important, yet still understudied, nation.”

Gouw served as president and chief operating officer of East West Bancorp, one of the 30 largest publicly traded banks in the nation, from 2009 to 2016. Named five times by American Banker magazine as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking,” Gouw has also twice received the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Women Making a Difference” award. Among other honors, she has been named one of “L.A.’s Top Women in Finance” by the Los Angeles Business Journal and Philanthropist of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners in Los Angeles.