Crafty Mothers

image The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Duke University is planning to publish the PhD thesis of S. Ann Dunham, the late mother of President Obama. Titled Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia, it is a study carried out in the 1980s that focused on the socioeconomics of village-based handicrafts in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

By coincidence, my mum was at about the same time writing a book titled Hands of Time: The Crafts of Aceh, which I think is still the leading tome on crafts in that part of Indonesia. (Our family lived in Jakarta and Aceh from 1978-81.)

At least now I know how to make small talk if ever invited to the White House…

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